The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on 8 October has said that government employees who have not taken the Covid-19 vaccine will not be allowed to attend office, starting 16 October. As per the DDMA order, all such unvaccinated government employees, including teachers and frontline workers, will be treated as “on leave” till they get the shots.
The employees “who do not get vaccinated (at least first dose) by 15 October shall not be allowed to attend their respective offices/healthcare institutions /educational institutions with effect from 16 October till they have obtained the first dose vaccine,” it said.
The heads of departments concerned will verify vaccinated employees through the Aarogya Setu app or vaccination certificate, it stated.
Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev and DDMA executive committee chairperson Vijay Dev issued the order that said the union government “may consider issuing similar directions in respect of its employees working in Delhi”.
The DDMA had decided in its meeting on 29 September to ensure 100% vaccination of all government employees, frontline workers, healthcare workers as well as teachers and other staff members in schools/colleges.
These categories of persons have frequent interaction with the general public and vulnerable section of the society, stated the order.
All government employees working in departments/autonomous bodies/ PSUs/local bodies/educational institutions under the Government of NCT of Delhi, including frontline workers, healthcare workers as well as teachers and other staff working in schools and colleges should get vaccinated (at least first dose) by 15 October, said the order.
Two doses of a Covid vaccine were successful in preventing 95% of deaths due to Covid-19 during the second wave caused by the Delta and Delta+ variants, whereas deaths were lower by 82% among those inoculated with one dose, the government said citing a study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) among more than 1.17 lakh police personnel who were at high risk of infection in Tamil Nadu.