'It's our choice' King's Lynn reacts to Morrison's sick pay changes for the unvaccinated
Morrisons has become the first supermarket to cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are forced to isolate because they've been in close contact with Covid-19.
The supermarket, which has 500 branches nationwide, will no longer pay its workers their full pay if they test negative for Covid-19 but have to isolate anyway because they are a deemed to be a close contact and haven't had the coronavirus jab.
The policy reportedly relates only to employees who have chosen not to accept a coronavirus injection and not those that can't have the vaccine for medical reasons.
A Morrison's worker among others have reacted to the news, with some claiming it's "discrimination."
A West Norfolk Morrison's staff member who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "I agree with the changes personally.
"I'm sick of the un-vaccinated putting everyone else at risk, we can all see the death and hospitalisation curve has gone down since the vaccine rollout.
"All this stuff about the vaccine being part of a conspiracy or poisoning people is getting really tiring, just do your bit and we can get back to normal.
"I'd be happy to reveal my name, if it wasn't for the backlash I'd get for actually agreeing with my employer, who've been nothing but supportive to staff during the pandemic."
Caitlin Durrant commented:"I understand that they’re trying to get people to have their vaccines and boosters, however the logic behind this makes no sense.
"Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, you can still get covid and spread it to others - the vaccine is mainly to reduce the severity of symptoms and reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised.
"By reducing sick pay it puts the public and Morrison’s customers in more danger (especially those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons etc) as some people are now not going to isolate when they need to due to not being able to afford to.
"Personally, I chose to have all of my vaccines and will be getting my booster as soon as I can, however I disagree with incentives such as these, especially when they put people at risk.
"Someone who is not vaccinated doesn’t put me in any more danger than someone who is vaccinated, but someone not be able to isolate when they have covid because their sick pay has been cut does."
Sarah SJ Stevens said:"Discrimination at its finest."
Kit Lewis says they will no longer shop at the store following the news.
They commented on Facebook:"These are the same staff that turned up to work when there was no vaccine and often no PPE either.
"And this is how they get thanked.
Morrison's won't get another penny of my money."
One Facebook user said: "It's our choice what we put in our body, we shouldn't be punished for it."
Morrisons joins other big name companies including Ikea, Next and Ocado in altering its sick pay arrangements for those who are unvaccinated.
In the wake of Omicron's sweeping wave, which has affected staff numbers across public services and private companies, firms have been looking at how they can manage large numbers of missing workers.
Employees working for the supermarket who choose against taking the Covid jab will now get statutory sick pay of £96.35 a week if they are told to isolate by an NHS official but test negative.
Any Morrisons employee who tests positive will continue to be paid full sick pay while they isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.