Unvaccinated civil servants risk facing disciplinary action

PENANG is mulling disciplinary action against civil servants who remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov 1, said Jagdeep Singh Deo.

State local government committee chairman said civil servants should be jabbed as they are required to face and serve the public.

“If all our civil servants are vaccinated except for one or two, then we may as well not vaccinate everyone at all.

“This is because everyone can still be infected because of that one or two people who refuse to be vaccinated.

“I personally agree with taking disciplinary action against unvaccinated civil servants.

“Civil servants meet the public all the time.

“If they are not vaccinated, they become public risks, not public servants,” he said during a press conference at the Taman Free School Village Community Management Council (MPKK) premises on Saturday.

On Friday, it was announced that all civil servants are required to complete their vaccinations before Nov 1 and those who are still unvaccinated on that date without being exempted will be subject to disciplinary action.

The Public Services Department (PSD) said those who could not be vaccinated due to health complications must submit their medical reports, verified by a government medical officer, to their department heads.

PSD said those yet to be vaccinated would have to do so at walk-in vaccination centres.

Those who still remain unvaccinated from Nov 1 onwards without being exempted for health issues will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993.

Jagdeep said the vaccination rate among civil servants at both local councils were good, with Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) recording 97.77% and 98.87% respectively.

“In MBPP, a total of 2,977 out of 3,045 staff members have been vaccinated while in MBSP, a total of 3,938 out of 3,983 staff members have been vaccinated,” he said.

Jagdeep said the public who remain unvaccinated should also get their Covid-19 vaccines soon.

“For members of the public who do not want to get vaccinated, we will see what we can do later on because these people are risks to others as well,” he said.

Jagdeep said a total of 1.48 million people in Penang have registered for the vaccination as of Oct 1.

He said 1.38 million people, or 72.4% of the state’s population, received at least the first dose of the vaccine.

“Among our teenagers, 0.9% or 1,327 people have been fully vaccinated while 49.6% or 70,198 teenagers received at least their first dose,” he said.

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