Covid-19 Australia: Brad Hazzard says all NSW health workers should be vaccinated by the end of November
Thousands of health workers will be FORCED to be vaccinated as NSW mandates jabs for ALL medical staff – otherwise they’ll be bagged
- NSW health workers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by November 30
- Public health decrees require workers to have at least one dose in the next 5 weeks
- 20% of staff still don’t get pricked despite having access to a vaccine since February
- Healthcare staff must submit vaccination certificate to employer or are excluded
All health workers in New South Wales will receive a Covid-19 shot or risk losing their jobs under new public health regulations.
A vaccination mandate was announced on Thursday for all health personnel working in NSW in an effort to ensure the safety of staff and patients in state hospitals.
Health professionals must now have at least one dose of the vaccine by September 30 and be fully vaccinated or booked for their second shot by November 30 in order to continue working.
A new jab mandate imposed on Thursday now requires all NSW health workers (pictured) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by November 30
Of the staff working for NSW Health, 20 are still unvaccinated, despite having priority in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination since February.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard urged staff to come forward and be stabbed to ease the strain on the public health system as more than 1,200 health workers have found themselves in isolation every day over the past week.
“Many health workers in NSW are already vaccinated, but having all our staff vaccinated will provide greater protection for patients, visitors and other health personnel,” he said.
Eight in ten health workers (pictured) have already been vaccinated, but an incredible 20 percent are still abstaining from the shot
“The public and private health systems have a responsibility to take all possible measures to provide a safe working environment for their staff and, above all, safe conditions for their patients.”
Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination will apply to all health personnel in NSW to enable them to continue working, and eight in 10 workers have already been vaccinated.
A waiver has been granted for employees with underlying medical conditions.
Shots for infectious diseases such as flu, chickenpox, measles and whooping cough are already mandatory for frontline workers.
Healthcare workers must provide their employer with proof of their vaccination status before September 30, otherwise they risk losing their job.
NSW primary care workers (pictured) must receive at least one dose by September 30 and be fully vaccinated by November 30
It’s because Qantas has also mandated vaccination, requiring all of its 22,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 earlier this week.
Cabin crew, pilots and airport personnel must both be vaccinated by November 15, while the rest of the workers must be vaccinated by March 31 next year.
“Having a fully vaccinated workforce will protect our people from the virus, as well as our customers and the communities we fly to,” said Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce.
As part of the flag carrier’s commitment to safety, Mr Joyce has “strongly encouraged” all staff to get a shot, even offering paid time off to get the vaccine.
Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders will soon enjoy more freedoms from September 13 after Gladys Berejiklian reached the target of getting six million shots a week early by the end of August.
Fully vaccinated Sydney siders will soon be able to enjoy more freedoms from September 13, including outdoor gatherings of up to 5 people (photo, Sydneysiders in Marrickville)
From September 13, residents who have received both shots and live outside the LGAs of concern will be able to attend outdoor gatherings of up to five people within 3 miles of their home.
For those living in the LGAs of concern, households with all vaccinated adults can gather outdoors for recreation, including picnics, for up to an hour.
The NSW government released the roadmap Thursday, which shows what restrictions will be eased once the state reaches 70 and 80 percent vaccination rates.
At 70 percent fully vaccinated, officials said family, industry, community and economic restrictions will be lifted on those who are fully vaccinated.
Once the state reaches an 80 percent coverage level, restrictions on businesses, the wider community and the economy will be eased further.
Fully vaccinated residents are still not allowed to gather in each other’s households, with Ms Berejiklian making it clear that ‘outside’ does not mean backyards.