SAB to implement mandatory vaccine policy

The brewer says the policy is important because of the alcohol bans’ impact.

South African Breweries said on Tuesday it was looking at making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for staff.

Several large companies have implemented mandatory vaccination policies in the workplace. These include Sanlam, Curro, Discovery Health, MTN, Dis-Chem, Life Healthcare and Standard Bank.

The brewer says the policy is important because the industry has been severely affected by lockdowns and alcohol bans. It says vaccination is key to protecting lives and the one million livelihoods supported by the alcohol industry.

SAB, which makes Carling Black Label and Castle Lager beer, said it would begin a consultative process this month and a final decision on mandatory vaccines would be made in due course.

“As a pro-vaccination company, we aim to safeguard our employees in the workplace and aid the country in its drive to overcome the pandemic and recover the economy,” the company said in a statement.