Another Maharashtra district mandates vaccination for civic employees

The civic staff of the Thane Municipal Corporation have been told they will not be paid their salaries if they fail to get fully vaccinated within the prescribed time limit.

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The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has made vaccination a mandate for its civic staff. In a meeting held by the TMC officials on November 8, which was also attended by Vipin Sharma, Commissioner, TMC and Naresh Mhaske, Mayor.

After the meeting, it was decided that civic employees who have yet to receive their first jab of the COVID vaccine will not be given their salaries if they do not get vaccinated as soon as possible. Not just that, even people who have received their first dose of the vaccination but fail to get their second dose within the prescribed timeline will not receive their salaries. It is a clear message from the officials that all civic staff will need to get fully vaccinated at any cost.

In a statement given to the media, Sharma said that the TMC has taken this decision to encourage vaccination drive in the district and ensure 100 per cent vaccination.

On November 9, the Thane district formed 167 teams of nurses and ASHA workers to help in collecting data on how many people have been vaccinated, by going door to door. Mhaske also revealed to the media that they are taking help from universities and schools to spread awareness about getting vaccinated at any cost.

Earlier this week, even in Nagpur, R Vimala, the district collector, issued orders that unvaccinated civic employees will not be allowed to enter the government offices and will be deprived of other medical and health benefits as well.

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