The NCB Financial Group has become the latest private sector company to issue a vaccine mandate for its staff.

The mandate was issued by way of a staff circular dated yesterday, October 12, over the signature of the company’s Group CEO, Patrick Hylton.

The financial conglomerate says all employees of the NCB Financial Group and its wholly-owned subsidiaries in Jamaica, whether working in the office or remotely are required to share their vaccination card by October 31.

NCB employees who have not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month will be required to present a negative PCR test by Wednesday of each week.

The PCR testing requirement will take effect on November 3, and will be at the employee’s expense.

The mandate makes an exception for employees who may be unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Those employees must provide a medical certificate for inspection of NCB assigned medical practitioner by October 31.

Employees who do not comply with the vaccination or testing requirement will be required to take the days on which they are absent from work as unpaid leave.

NCB says vacation days may also be used in lieu of unpaid days with the permission of the employee’s manager.