The Cameroonian Collective of Teachers’ Syndicates has written to President Paul Biya to inform him of their intention to go on strike if they were forced to take the coronavirus vaccines.
The move follows decisions by the Ministers of Public Health, Public Service, Territorial Administration, and Administrative Reforms as well as the Presidency of the Republic, obliging their personnel and service users to present evidence of anti-coronavirus vaccination before being allowed into the offices or rendered service.
Joseph Anderson Le, Minister of Public Service and Manaouda Malachie, Minister of Public Health, have even taken the move a step further by signing a joint communique stressing that unvaccinated staff would not be paid their salaries.
But the teachers’ union has kicked against this decision, threatening to go on strike if it was implemented.
The teachers’ letter to President Paul Biya said that conditions for the acceptance of vaccination by the citizens in the country must be free as there is no law mandating it at the moment.
“Recall that Cameroon is a republic and a state of law. Right now, there is no legal disposition taken by parliament concerning obligatory vaccination. Consequently, and until the conditions indicated above are met, submission to any vaccination against COVID-19 must remain free from all constraints,” the teachers said in their letter to the President.
The letter, signed by the president of the teachers’ collective, Roger Kaffo Fokou, says obligatory submission to anti-coronavirus vaccination must emanate from a law passed by parliament, which is not the case right now.
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