Staff members of Guaranty Trust Bank Holding Plc. (GTCO), one of Nigeria’s tier one banks, have been given a September end ultimatum to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or face salary slash and restriction from accessing the bank’s premises.
The bank in a leaked internal memo dated September 13 warned that “starting October 2021, any staff that fails to comply will no longer be allowed into the Bank’s premises and may be placed on half salary.”
The memo originating from the operational risk management team was directed to all staff.
It reminded staff members that the administration of the first dose of Moderna vaccine and the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine for those who had received the second dose was still ongoing nationwide.
The bank’s move follows the growing trend of private companies mandating vaccination in their bid to keep the workplace environment safe.
However, this enforcement is despite growing concerns from studies that have indicated that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines wanes in the face of the delta variant.
The leaked internal memo which was posted on Instagram by gistlovers__blog1 immediately began to generate reactions.
While many seem to welcome this new development, others shun it on religious grounds, saying this could be the mark of the beast, 666, as prophesied in the Bible.
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