CIVIL servants in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second biggest city, are stampeding to get the Covid-19 vaccine as those  who are not vaccinated are blocked from accessing the Mhlahlandlela government complex.

This comes as authorities last week ordered the vaccination of all civil servants, with the head of the Public Service Commission Jonathan Wutawunashe saying the government employees were all considered frontline workers and should get the jab.

Provincial Affairs minister Judith Ncube, whose offices are also housed at the government complex, confirmed the new development yesterday, but said she was still waiting for the update on the vaccination programme from the provincial medical officer (PMD).

“I have requested the latest statistics from the PMD, on the figures because I really need that information such that I can provide authentic information to journalists,” Ncube said.

The complex houses various government departments for Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), which also has offices at the complex, was forced to make special arrangements for its employees to get inoculated at Ekusileni Hospital following the decision to bar those that are not vaccinated from accessing the building.

The Daily News yesterday witnessed workers entering the complex being asked to produce vaccination cards, while those who did not have were being turned away.

The government has also decreed that civil servants who contract the virulent virus without being vaccinated will be denied Covid-19 allowances, a development observers said was tantamount to forcing government workers to be inoculated.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has in the past threatened to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory in the wake of a surge in new infections and deaths in the country. – Daily News