Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday announced that state government employees who fail to take the first dose of the corona vaccine for any reason other than medical will be sent on compulsory leave after September 15. The Punjab Chief Minister’s Office has said that the measure has been implemented to save the people of the state from the disease.
In a high-level Virtual Covid-19 review meeting held yesterday, the Chief Minister said that the impact of the vaccine was evident from the statistics. Special efforts have been made to reach out to government employees and those who avoid vaccination will be asked to go on leave till they get the first dose of the vaccine, the Punjab government has announced.
During the meeting, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh allowed teachers and non-teaching school staff who had taken at least one dose of the vaccine four weeks ago to resume their work, subject to the submission of a negative report of the weekly RT-PCR test. However, those with co-morbidities will only be allowed once they have completed both doses of the corona vaccine.
It is noteworthy that the state has so far vaccinated more than 57% of the eligible population. The first dose has been given to 1.18 crore and the second to 37.81 lakh people. Meanwhile, Punjab has extended the existing Covid-19 restrictions till September 30 in view of the upcoming festive season. They have set a limit of 300 people in all rallies, including political ones.
The order states, “It is mandatory for organizers, including political parties, participants in the festival-related event, management and staff, staff at food stalls to ensure that they are fully vaccinated or have taken at least a single dose.”