Covid-19 Australia: Health workers in Victoria told they MUST get a vaccine or they would lose their jobs
Thousands of health workers are told they will lose their jobs if they refuse to be vaccinated against Covid
- All healthcare workers in Victoria to get a Covid-19 shot under new health regulations
- The vaccine order will cover employees working in public and private hospitals
- NSW health workers have already told them to be double stabbed by November 30th
All health care workers in Victoria will have to get a Covid-19 shot or risk losing their jobs under strict new government orders.
Staff at Victorian public and private hospitals, general practitioners and medical clinics must be fully vaccinated against the virus as part of the state government’s plan.
St Vincent’s Hospital has already made the shots mandatory for all its staff and volunteers in its 16 public and private hospitals, including in Melbourne.
Health workers at a Covid-19 vaccination center at Melbourne’s Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital on Monday. All health workers in Victoria must get a Covid-19 shot or risk losing their jobs as part of new government health regulations
A woman gets a rapid Covid test on Monday. Workers working in Victorian public and private hospitals, as well as general practitioners and medical clinics, must be fully vaccinated against the virus
The Andrews administration has yet to officially reveal which workers need to be vaccinated to keep their jobs, but The Herald Sun reported that there would be thousands.
Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino said on Tuesday talks are already underway to impose mandatory vaccination orders in Victoria.
“My view on vaccination is that it is our way through this pandemic and whether you are a teacher, a teaching support staff member or a student get vaccinated,” he said.
NSW health workers have already been told to be fully vaccinated or booked for their second Covid-19 shot by November 30 in order to continue working.
Of the staff working for NSW Health, 20 percent 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.
Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino said on Tuesday talks are already underway to impose mandatory vaccination orders in Victoria. Pictured is a health worker at a pop-up Covid-19 testing center in Brisbane on Saturday
“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.”
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
Qantas also made vaccination mandatory last month, requiring all of its 22,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
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 CEO Alan Joyce.
As part of the flag carrier’s commitment to safety, Mr Joyce strongly “encouraged” all staff to get stung, even offering paid leave to get the vaccine.