Morrisons have confirmed unvaccinated staff will not get full sick pay if they have to self-isolate following close contact with a Covid case.
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Thanks to the ludicrous position of anti-vaxxers and those opposed to getting vaccinated against a deadly virus, there’s now a handful of shops which jabbed individuals can visit without having to worry about Covid sceptics.
The supermarket giant, who joins companies like Ikea, Next and Ocado in implementing similar policies, will only pay unvaccinated staff members £96.35 a week – the minimum level for Statutory Sick Pay – if they are told to isolate after a Covid exposure.
Under current UK Government guidance, those in England aged 18 or over who are unvaccinated and have come into close contact with a Covid case are required by law to self-isolate for 10 days – unless they cannot get the jab for medical reasons.
If someone has two doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine, then they do not need to self-isolate.
Meanwhile staff who test positive for Covid will be receive full sick pay regardless of whether they’re vaccinated or not.
The news was previously announced in September, with Morrisons telling CityAM at the time: “From 1 October, following government confirmation that all adults have had the opportunity to get double-vaccinated, we will no longer be paying full sick pay for pinged colleagues who have chosen not to be vaccinated.”
Yet the policy hasn’t pleased some people this week, with the hashtag #BoycottMorrisons later trending on Twitter.
Those who have received the vaccine, however, are delighted, and have rushed to the company’s defence:
Given that #BoycottMorrisons is trending I thought I would tell you that my local Morrisons has been providing food packs every week to myself and another councillor for distribution to those needing help since the beginning of lockdown in 2020.\n\nDon't #BoycottMorrisons!
#BoycottMorrisons\n\nOh....nooo...please dont all of you unvaccinated people boycott this multi million pound company and stay away from it so us vaccinated people can shop without worry...\n\nIm sure that the \u00a312 bottle of presseco you buy every 2 days will be missed, Karen.pic.twitter.com/fVZtvlUVOP
Hope the unvaccinated do carry out their #BoycottMorrisons threat; it will be quieter and safer to do the shop and no doubt the amount of selfish people not wearing a mask in there will drop too..pic.twitter.com/kJKHPQxHqx
Makes sense IMO. Where a person has a close CV19 contact..\n\nVaccinated are advised to test daily but don't need to isolate.\nUnvaccinated have to isolate.\n\nPeople take the choice, but why should the employer lose out for that choice. Don't #BoycottMorrisonshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59902929\u00a0\u2026
— Peter O\u2019Hanraha-hanrahan \ud83d\udc99 (@Peter O\u2019Hanraha-hanrahan \ud83d\udc99)
We’re looking forward to our next grocery shop being a lot quieter following this news.