Australia Turned away at restaurants, borders and even your workplace
Gladys Berejiklian hits out at Annastacia Palaszczuk after JobKeeper extension proposal, coronavirus border closure
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian lobs another grenade in the ongoing feud with Queensland, suggesting Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is a victim of her own hard border closures. Ms Palaszczuk has drawn criticism from both state and federal politicians after yesterday calling on the Federal Government to extend the JobKeeper payment for struggling industries like the tourism sector. Ms Berejiklian let out a large sigh and shook her head when she was asked about her Queensland counterpart's plea for help."She is now the victim of a policy that she put in place herself," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.
Australians could be banned from restaurants, shops and offices if they refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
Using public health orders, states and territories have the power to mandate vaccinations for certain activities and professions such as aged care workers who can be required to get an up-to-date flu jab.
Last month NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian suggested she may allow private venues such as bars, shops and workplaces to set their own rules for Covid-19 jab requirements.
'We'll consider whether we allow venues... to make up their own rules if they have a business or run a workplace about what they feel is Covid-safe,' she told radio 2GB.
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In November Qantas boss Alan Joyce said he would update the airline's terms and conditions to require passengers to be vaccinated - and said many other airlines will do the same.
'We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft... for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that's a necessity,' he told the Nine Network.
The federal government will update the MyGov and Express Plus Medicare apps to provide Australians with a proof of vaccination.
Vaccinated residents will also be able to print a hard copy of their certificate from a Services Australia site or a vaccine provider.
'Australians need to have that record depending on state public health orders but also when travelling and borders open up again,' Government Services Minister Stuart Robert told reporters on Sunday.
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'When it comes to workplace laws they are the purview of the states and territories. We would be expecting them to issue public health orders if they see fit so I will leave that to the states and territories,' he added.
In early January Mr Morrison said he wanted the states and territories to adopt the same rules over vaccinations.
He said National Cabinet discussions 'will include the necessity for state governments and territory governments to harmonise and ensure and national consistency in public health orders which is the process by which any requirement to have the vaccine is made legal across Australia.'
The first batch of vaccines is due to arrive in Australia mid-February and the first jabs are expected to be administered at the end of the month.
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After that, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 to 54 will get the jab, as well as Aussies over 50 and other high-risk workers.
The fourth phase will encompass all adults and then a final phase will be for children - but only if experts say kids need the jab at all.
Explaining why children are last, Health Secretary Professor Brendan Murphy said: 'We know that children are at very low risk of getting Covid and transmitting Covid and the vaccine has not yet been thoroughly tested against children.'
Restrictions that will stay in place for another WEEK in WA
WA has posted four consecutive days of no new community COVID-19 cases, paving the way for metropolitan Perth, the Peel region and South West to exit lockdown at 6pm on Friday. But Premier Mark McGowan has announced a range of restrictions will remain in place for Perth and Peel until 12:01am on Sunday February 14.All residents, including teachers and high school students, must wear masks while outside of their homes except for during vigorous outdoor exercise.
Mr Morrison is targeting 80,000 vaccinations a week in February and wants this number to rapidly increase to issue four million jabs by the end of March.
The vaccines will be distributed to each state based on the number of priority people that need the vaccine, regardless of the number of infections.
Initially, between 30 and 50 hospitals will be used as hubs to distribute the Pfizer vaccine.
Then general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics and other state-run vaccination clinics will be used.
Each will issue only one type of vaccine so patients don't get confused about which jab they have had.
The Pfizer jab is much more difficult to distribute because it must be stored at -70C so the AstraZeneca jab will be the one sent to remote populations.
Initially, imported doses will be used before Australia begins producing its own vials of the AstraZeneca jab at the CSL factory in Melbourne.
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