The Zimbabwean Justice Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi, on Tuesday, said government workers in the country who do not want to take the COVID-19 vaccine should resign.
The minister said while Zimbabweans would not be forced to take the vaccine, public servants had a responsibility to protect the public by taking it.
He said “We are not forcing you to be vaccinated but if you are a government employee, for the protection of others and the people that you are serving, get vaccinated.”
Ziyambi did not suggest that the authorities would punish government employees who refuse to take shots, but said they should take it upon themselves to quit.
“If you want to enjoy your rights, which are in the constitution, you can resign,” he said.
The Zimbabwean government employs more than 200 000 people, with teachers being the largest number.
The minister added “there will come a time when we will not want any teacher who is not vaccinated.”
The country has recorded 125 796 COVID-19 cases and 4 503 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, with more than half of these in the past two months.
Zimbabwe has so far vaccinated 2.7 million people, with a target of inoculating two-thirds of its 15 million population by the end of the year.