WCG – FAQ’s for the Vaccination in the workplace

Q1 – What is a workplace vaccination plan?

A vaccination plan is a document which amends an existing Occupational
Health and Safety Plan or which the employer develops with the view
of formalising the company’s stance on vaccinations and setting out the
measures the company will implement to make sure the workplace is safe
for all its employees. It should be developed after a risk assessment has
been done. The risk assessment assesses the risks for the workplace and
workers. These risks include exposure to COVID-19, exposure to customers/
members of the public, employees who have comorbidities or who are
otherwise vulnerable, ability to social distance, the rate of infections and/or
fatalities experienced in the workplace due to COVID-19 etc.
On the basis of this risk assessment, the employer must develop a
vaccination plan which indicates:
• the protective measures in place for the phased return of its employees;
• whether the employer intends to make the vaccine compulsory for any
employees or to implement proactive initiatives to encourage workers
to get vaccinated;
• employees who will be required to be vaccinated if a compulsory
vaccination policy is adopted; and
• the processes, steps and initiatives that will be followed and
implemented.
It is important, in developing such a plan, for an employer to consider
the rights of employees to bodily integrity, freedom of religion, belief and
opinion as set out in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
as well as any collective agreements which may already be in place which
deal with the issue of mandatory vaccinations

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