Covid-19 Australia: Victoria vaccination deadline passes for one million workers

Dan Andrews’ Covid vaccine deadline passes with a million workers fired if they don’t have the shot

  • Vaccine deadline passed overnight for more than a million workers in Victoria
  • Professional athletes, lawyers and journalists must now be fully vaccinated
  • Services Vic App Allows Parents to Upload Child Vaccination Certificates


About a million Victorian workers now need to be fully vaccinated in order to continue working after a major vaccination deadline has passed overnight.

All those in employment on the state’s list of authorized employees were required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, Nov. 26.

Industries on the list include AFL and other professional athletes, lawyers, journalists, miners, court staff and personal trainers.

About a million Victorian workers now need to be fully vaccinated to continue working after a major vaccination deadline has passed overnight

Industries on the list include AFL and other professional athletes, lawyers, journalists, miners, court staff and personal trainers

Industries on the list include AFL and other professional athletes, lawyers, journalists, miners, court staff and personal trainers

It comes as the Services Vic app is updated so that parents and guardians can add their children’s vaccination certificates.

Previously, parents had to carry printouts to prove that children under 14 had been vaccinated to visit places such as non-essential shops and events.

But the app now makes it possible to add dependents so that a child’s digital vaccination certificate can be attached to that of the parent or guardian.

Foster carers can also add a child’s certificate to their app, as long as they have access to the child’s Medicare account.

Youths as young as 14 can have their own Medicare account and thus can share their digital certificate on the Services Vic app in the same way as adults.

Victoria crossed a major vaccination threshold on Thursday, with more than 90 percent of all people over the age of 12 now fully vaccinated.

The health department announced late Thursday that the state’s domestic travel permit and traffic light system had been terminated, and access is now open to anyone from all states and territories, regardless of their vaccination status.

Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said the permits, which came into effect in January 2021, were “designed for a time before we had a vaccine” to prevent viruses from entering from other states and territories.

All those holding jobs on the state's authorized workers' list were required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, Nov. 26.

All those holding jobs on the state’s authorized workers’ list were required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, Nov. 26.

The health department announced late Thursday that the state's domestic travel permit and traffic light system had been terminated, and access is now open to anyone from all states and territories, regardless of their vaccination status.

The health department announced late Thursday that the state’s domestic travel permit and traffic light system had been terminated, and access is now open to anyone from all states and territories, regardless of their vaccination status.

“Now that we are a highly vaccinated society and there are fewer cases between states, the risk is much lower,” he said.

While Victoria still has active COVID-19 cases in the community, with 1,254 new infections reported Thursday, the department said the licensing system was “no longer a proportionate response.”

The change will end border bubbles, and international travelers completing quarantine in another state will not need a permit.

However, international arrivals and flight crews are still required to comply with the licensing regulations.

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