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    Tuesday, December 7, 2021

    MTN Nigeria to Implement MTN Group Vaccine Mandate

    … critiques travel bans and joins WHO call for vaccine equity.

    Following the MTN Group announcement of its intention to implement a vaccine mandate across its operations from January 2022, Karl Toriola, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, has voiced support, and confirmed MTN Nigeria’s plan to implement it locally.

    “The new policy further demonstrates our steadfast dedication to keeping our people and the communities we work and live in safe and healthy.

    While there may still be some unknowns related to this pandemic, the science is clear – vaccines effectively prevent severe illness, hospitalisation and death. It is time for everyone who can, to get vaccinated to limit the spread of the virus and prevent further strains from developing.”

    Both the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control advocate for vaccines – saying that they are an important measure to protect people. The global rollout of vaccinations since 2020 has clearly contributed to the containment and management of the virus in many countries.

    In addition, MTN Nigeria, alongside the MTN Group, has added its voice to growing calls for global leaders to accelerate vaccine equity and lift unjust travel bans imposed on African countries.

    “The events of the past twenty months have underlined how connected and interdependent we all are. Such travel restrictions have proven to be counterproductive, hampering research, aid and economic activity without any significant impact on the spread of new variants. If the past is prologue, then the only way through this is together, and it is time to set side geographical divisions and heed calls for greater vaccine equity.

    If Africa had access to vaccines at the same time as the rest of the world, then we might not face the challenge that these new variants represent.” Toriola added.

    MTN Group’s new vaccine policy is a measure to meet MTN’s legal obligations in regard to providing a safe workplace and shall be subject to risk assessment and local laws that apply to the MTN Group and its operating companies and subsidiaries.

    It also recognises the right of employees to apply to be exempted from the policy and/or refuse vaccination on certain clearly defined grounds. For those staff who are not exempt from vaccinations either through risk assessment or agreed exclusions but still refuse vaccination, MTN will not be obliged to continue the employment contract.

    The new mandatory vaccination policy follows the Group’s US$25million donation to the African Union’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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