Tebogo Msimanga |
Old Mutual announced on Friday that it has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for its employees in South Africa, effective from 01 January 2022. Employees will be required to declare and submit proof of their vaccination status to the company.
Chief Executive at Old Mutual Iain Williamson said across the world, vaccinations are proving to be the key to unlocking economic activity, returning life to a more normal rhythm, preventing severe illness and death, decreasing transmission rates, as well as reducing the emergence of new variants of the disease.
“We believe that mandatory vaccination is an important step to ensuring we create a safer working environment for our employees and our customers and contributing to the much needed economic recovery.”
Williamson added that over the last 18 months, the company lost 55 colleagues. “This tragically high death rate and the negative impact on the mental and financial health of individuals, communities, schools and businesses compels us to take action.”