Disciplinary action can be taken against civil servants who refuse Covid-19 vaccination

LABUAN (Oct 22): Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali (pictured) has urged all civil servants to comply with the rules set by the circular issued by the Public Service Department (PSD) that has made it mandatory for all civil servants to complete their Covid-19 vaccination before Nov 1.

He said disciplinary action can be taken against civil servants who refuse to get vaccinated.

“According to the circular, civil servants must abide by what has been decided by their respective department head,” he said after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine booster dose at the Membedai Health Clinic near here on Friday.

Mohd Zuki said as many civil servants had returned to office, those who refuse to be vaccinated would cause discomfort to other colleagues and create a negative perception of the public service.

On the vaccination rate of civil servants in Labuan, he said it had reached more than 90%.

Meanwhile, Mohd Zuki, who was on a two-day working visit to Labuan from Friday, said operations of government offices would be fully reopened after all states move to Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN).

On Sept 30, the PSD made it mandatory for federal civil servants to get the Covid-19 vaccine, which must be completed by Nov 1, 2021.

Based on the PSD statement, nearly 98% of civil servants had been vaccinated, while 1.6% or 16,902 people had yet to register.

The decision was made to give confidence and assurance to the public to ensure smooth delivery of public services to the people and in line with efforts to restore the government’s services to full operational levels based on phases of the PPN.

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