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Booster shot is particularly effective in protecting against severe Covid outcomes, says Discovery

Vaccination is less effective at preventing contracting the Omicron variant, compared with previous variants of Covid-19, but still provides excellent protection against severe illness and death, particularly if one has a booster shot. This was said by Dr Ronald Whelan, the chief commercial officer of Discovery Health and the head of the company’s Covid-19 Task […]

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No severance pay for employee who refused Covid vaccination

A long-term employee who was retrenched because she refused to get a Covid vaccination was not entitled to a severance package, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled. Commissioner Piet van Staden, in his recent ruling, said the termination of the services of Cecilia Bessick by Baroque Medical, a supplier of medical […]

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What Omicron means for South African and international markets

What Omicron means for South African and international markets

David Rees, senior emerging markets economist: Uncertainty about the virulence of Omicron, its ability to resist vaccination and spread rapidly, among other things, has rocked global financial markets. Those questions will take time to answer, meaning that sentiment is likely to remain dampened in the near term, particularly towards emerging markets that are most sensitive […]

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When will the Compensation Fund pay out for Covid vaccine-related side-effects

When will the Compensation Fund pay out for Covid vaccine-related side-effects?

The Compensation Commissioner has published a Notice in the Government Gazette that sets out when the Compensation Fund will compensate employees for injuries, illness or death as a result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. The Notice was published in terms of section 6A(b) of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Coida). The Compensation […]

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Old Mutual employees must be vaccinated from 1 January

Old Mutual employees must be vaccinated from 1 January

From 1 January next year, Old Mutual employees will have to submit proof that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19. This follows similar announcements in September by Discovery Health and in October by mining service partner Fraser Alexander. Old Mutual’s chief executive, Iain Williamson, said the company has a moral obligation to make decisions that […]

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Vaccination works, Momentum’s death claims data shows

Vaccination works, Momentum’s death claims data shows

Unvaccinated people are significantly more at risk of severe illness and death than those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, death claims data from Momentum Life Insurance has shown. Stephen van Niekerk, head of Momentum Life Insurance, said its analysis of Momentum’s Covid-19 death claims over two months before September found that less than two […]

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Private Sector joins Government in Vaccination race

A Fin24 article relates how the private sector has joined the race to get the nation to herd immunity status as soon as possible. “As South Africa races against time amid a wildly spreading third wave of Covid-19 infections, medical schemes and insurers are opening more vaccination sites to speed up inoculations.” “Discovery Health’s new […]

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