Shop workers urged to ‘protect’ others by getting Covid jab

A pressure group is encouraging shop staff to get Covid and flu jabs, amid legal concerns over bosses who force workers to get vaccinated.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has created posters for retailers to “communicate their vaccination policies” to staff.

Its posters, which are meant to be displayed in staff rooms rather than the main shop floor, read: “You may be offered a vaccine in the coming weeks.

“PLEASE take up this opportunity, which helps protect you and the people you work with”.

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The group will also pay for those who do not qualify for a free flu jab.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We have developed these posters for local shops to encourage colleagues to take up vaccines when they are offered them.

“Many retailers are taking this step to help protect their colleagues.”

Businesses are currently wrangling with vaccine scepticism among their workforces.

Four per cent of British adults are hesitant about getting jabbed, which rises to 14 per cent among Muslims and over a fifth among black people.

However, legal firms believe that requiring staff vaccinations could land retailers in hot water.

“Employers are in a really delicate balance,” Emma Röhsler, a partner at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, told the Financial Times.

“They need to respect the rights of those who don’t want to be vaccinated while also protecting those who have chosen to be vaccinated.”

Morrisons caused outrage this month when it slashed sick pay for unvaccinated staff, to encourage them to get jabbed and reign in its “biblical costs”.

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