NBM gets tough on vaccines, gives employees 21 Jan deadline

One of the National Bank of Malawi service centres

National Bank of Malawi Plc. has given its members of staff up to 21st January, 2022 as the deadline to receive COVID-19 vaccination for them to report for duties.

An internal communication from the Head of Human Capital Charles Dulira is encouraging all the bank’s employees to get vaccines of their choice such as AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer which have been declared safe for human use by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health.

In the notice, the bank acknowledged the effects of the pandemic on the financial institution hence the need for employees to protect their lives, those of fellow members of staff and their customers.

“Employees who have not yet received the vaccine are given until 21st January 2022 to get the vaccine. Thereafter, all unvaccinated employees shall be required to get weekly negative PCR test at their own cost as confirmation that they are free from the virus before they can be allowed to come to work.

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“The requirement to provide weekly negative PCR tests shall continue until such a time the unvaccinated employee will provide valid vaccination cards as proof that they have received their jabs,” reads the notice.

The bank further warned that those who fail to report for work having no PCR negative test result will be given unpaid leave.  

The Head of Human and Capital indicated that the COVID-19 infections result in reduction in work productivity of affected members which also affects customer service.