Nagaland govt asks employees to get COVID vaccines or get tested every 15 days

The Nagaland government asked all its employees in the Nagaland civil secretariat and directorates to get themselves vaccinated or else produce COVID-19 negative test report every 15 days, in order to attend office.

In an official order, Nagaland chief secretary J Alam informed that the decision to this effect was taken by the state’s High-Powered Committee on COVID-19 in its meeting on July 16.

As per the order, unvaccinated staffers will have to produce COVID-19 negative test reports by getting tested after every 15-day interval through either RT-PCR, TrueNat and CBNAAT on a self-payment basis as per government-approved rates.

The order said that the salaries of those who have not taken a single dose of vaccine against COVID-19 or who have failed to furnish COVID-19 negative test report will be stopped beyond July 31 and they will not attend office.

“The period of absence of such employees will be treated as leave without pay,” the chief secretary’s order stated.

Until further notice, administrative head of departments and head of departments have been directed to enforce the directive in their respective departments and submit reports to the home department on or before the 15th of every month with details of vaccination status or submission of COVID-19 negative test reports for all employees. Also, the report should include salaries deducted on account of the staff or employees concerned availing leave without pay, the order stated.

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