Thousands of health workers are told they will lose their jobs if they refuse to get vaccinated against Covid
- All healthcare staff in Victoria must get a Covid-19 jab under new health orders
- The vaccine order will cover workers employed in public and private hospitals
- NSW health workers already told they must be double-jabbed by November 30
All healthcare staff in Victoria must get a Covid-19 jab or risk losing their jobs under strict new government orders.
Staff at Victorian public and private hospitals as well as GPs and medical clinics will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus as part of the state government plan.
St Vincent’s Hospital has already made the jabs compulsory for all of its staff and volunteers across its 16 public and private hospitals, including in Melbourne.
Health care workers at a Covid-19 vaccination hub at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne on Monday. All healthcare staff in Victoria must get a Covid-19 jab or risk losing their job as part of new government health orders
A woman receives a rapid Covid test on Monday. Workers employed in Victorian public and private hospitals as well as GPs and medical clinics will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus
The Andrews Government has yet to officially reveal which workers will have to get vaccinated to keep their job, but The Herald Sun reported it would be thousands.
Deputy Premier James Merlino on Tuesday said talks were already underway to impose mandatory vaccination orders in Victoria.
‘My view on vaccination is it’s our pathway through this pandemic and whether you’re a teacher, whether you’re an education support staff member or a student, get vaccinated,’ he said.
NSW health workers have already been told they must be fully immunised or booked in for their second Covid-19 jab by November 30 to continue working.
Among staff working for NSW Health, 20 per cent are still unvaccinated, despite having priority access in the Covid-19 vaccination rollout since February.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard urged staff to come forward and get jabbed to help ease pressure on the public health system, with more than 1,200 healthcare workers have entered isolation each day in the past week.
‘Many health workers in NSW are already vaccinated but if all of our staff are vaccinated it will provide greater protection for patients, visitors and other health staff,’ he said.
Deputy Premier James Merlino on Tuesday said talks were already underway to impose mandatory vaccination orders in Victoria. Pictured is a health care worker at a pop-up Covid-19 testing centre in Brisbane on Saturday
‘The public and private health systems have a responsibility to implement every possible measure to provide a safe work environment for their staff and most importantly, safe circumstances for their patients.’
An exemption has been granted for workers with underlying medical conditions.
Jabs for contagious diseases such as influenza, chicken pox, measles, and whooping cough are already compulsory for frontline workers.
Healthcare staff must provide proof of their vaccination status to their employer by September 30 or face losing their jobs.
NSW frontline health 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 immunised against Covid-19.
Cabin crew, pilots and airport workers must receive both jabs by November 15 with the remainder of workers to be vaccinated by March 31 next year.
‘Having a fully vaccinated workforce will safeguard our people against the virus but also protect our customers and the communities we fly to,’ Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.
As part of the national airline’s commitment to safety Mr Joyce ‘strongly encouraged’ all staff to get jabbed, even offering paid time off to receive the vaccine.