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Parliament to decide on mandatory vaccination

Parliament’s Health Committee is expected to come up with a position on whether or not to sanction mandatory Covid-19 vaccination among public officials.

The committee started meeting in Lilongwe yesterday following calls for Malawi to adopt compulsory coronavirus vaccination amid a worrying spike in new infections and deaths.

Already, debate has ensued in the public domain following a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) decision to restrict unvaccinated officers from accessing all its units across the country.

Currently, the government’s policy on Covid vaccination is that the citizens can access it on voluntary basis.

Earlier attempts by some institutions to enforce vaccination among their employees have been met with serious public and stakeholder condemnation.

Speaking in his own capacity, Chairperson of the committee Mathews Ngwale is of the view that top public officials should undergo mandatory Covid vaccination.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) Executive Director, Michael Kaiyatsa, however contradicts Ngwale’s stance, arguing that the move is a rights violation.

As it stands, the outcome of the parliamentary committee’s meeting is set to guide the country regarding what direction to take on the matter.

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