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Morrisons will stop paying sick pay to staff who refuse to be COVID-19 vaccinated

On October 1, the government announced that all adults had now been offered the opportunity to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. As a result, Morrisons announced that from this date, they would stop paying full sick pay to any members of their staff who have refused to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Morrisons hope the change will prompt staff to be vaccinated.

Staff who have not yet had the chance to be double vaccinated by 1 October 2021 or those who have experienced Covid-19 symptoms will not be affected by Morrisons’ new policy.

However, concerns have been raised by Unite that the new policy could result in discrimination claims being brought against Morrisons, due to the associated human rights, moral and ethical issues.