Government has banned all civil servants who have not been vaccinated for Covid-19 from reporting for duty.
Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa made the announcement at a post-cabinet media briefing Tuesday.
“Pursuant to the previous announcement that all civil servants should be vaccinated, Cabinet further resolved that no unvaccinated civil servants will be allowed to come to work,” said the minister.
The shock announcement by government creates a difficult situation for the country’s 140 000 strong teaching workforce with some members likely to find themselves failing to teach if they are not vaccinated.
Schools reopened early this month with a full complement of teachers reporting for duty.
Government is keen to see the nation notch its 10 million herd immunity threshold by December this year.
Meanwhile, in her briefing to the media Tuesday, minister Mutsvangwa reported that 79 learners and 20 teachers tested positive for Covid-19 in the past seven days.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in schools to 132.
Mutsvangwa said the cases are isolated and managed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.