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Unvaccinated employees will be sent on compulsory leave after September 15: Punjab govt

However, those who haven’t taken the coronavirus vaccine yet for medical reasons will be exempted from the rule, the Punjab CMO clarified.

September 10, 2021 / 05:32 PM IST
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The Punjab government announced on September 10 that state government employees who fail to take even the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be sent on compulsory leave from September 15. However, those who haven’t taken the coronavirus vaccine yet for medical reasons will be exempted from this.

News agency ANI quoted the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office as saying: “Punjab government employees failing to take even the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for any reason other than medical will be compulsorily sent on leave after September 15.”

“Special efforts were taken to reach out to government employees, and those who continue to avoid getting vaccinated will now be asked to go on leave till they get the first dose,” the CMO said in a release.

The order was passed by the Punjab chief minister at a high-level virtual COVID-19 review meeting held on September 10, where Captain Amarinder Singh cited data to highlight vaccine efficacy. According to a Hindustan Times report, the Punjab government announcement aims to ensure that vaccinated persons do not suffer due to vaccine hesitancy among unvaccinated persons.

The Punjab government has also announced that teaching and non-teaching staff in schools will be allowed to resume their duties after four weeks have passed since they took at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They will also have to submit negative RT-PCR test reports every week. However, those who have co-morbidities will be allowed to return only after they are fully vaccinated.

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Additionally, the existing coronavirus restrictions in the state were also extended till September 30 in view of the upcoming festivities.

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first published: Sep 10, 2021 05:32 pm

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