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June 11, 2021

SCCI rejects compulsory vaccination against Covid-19

 
June 11, 2021

PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has rejected the government’s decision to bind businessmen to ensure vaccination of employees and workers against coronavirus.

The rejection was made as Sherbaz Bilour, the SCCI president, chaired a meeting of the executive committee here on Thursday. It was attended by SCCI senior vice-president Engineer Manzoor Elahi, vice-president Junaid Altaf, executive members Zarak Khan, Abdul Jalil Jan, Muhammad Naeem Butt, Ghulam Bilal Javed, Muhammad Kamran Zeb, Fazal Muqeem, Waqar Ahmad, Muhammad Tariq, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Aurangzeb and others.

National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) had made mandatory vaccination for all, including the trader community against coronavirus, asking the factory owners, vendors and shopkeepers to ensure inoculation of employers and workers as well.

Following a consultation session between chambers’ presidents and NCOCs head, the SCCI chief informed the factory owners and traders that they had started vaccinating themselves against Covid-19.

However, the SCCI chief made it clear that holding the business community responsible in case of non-vaccination of employees and workers would be unfair and unjustifiable. The meeting discussed the impacts of Covid-19 restrictions on overall businesses and industries and raised serious objections over the NCOC’s decisions, especially, directing them to vaccinate their employees and workers. Sherbaz Bilour said the national economy and businesses had been adversely shattered by the novel coronavirus pandemic.