Australia Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination introduced for Queensland health workers

09:25  12 september  2021
09:25  12 september  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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COVID - 19 information for Queensland clinicians. Healthcare workers face a higher risk of COVID infection and illness compared to the general population due to the nature of our work . We might also, unwittingly, be responsible for transmitting the virus to the vulnerable people in our care, even if the risk of transmission is lower amongst vaccinated populations.

A healthcare professional administers a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus disease ( COVID - 19 ) vaccine to Dr Chris Quinn as high-risk workers receive the first vaccines in the state of Victoria's rollout of the program, in Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders. Australia decided in late June to make vaccinations mandatory for high-risk aged-care workers and employees in quarantine hotels. It also made vaccinations obligatory for Paralympic athletes heading to Tokyo because unvaccinated members on the team could pose a health risk.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Does the buck stop with Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath? (ABC News: Lucas Hill) © Provided by ABC News Does the buck stop with Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath? (ABC News: Lucas Hill)

Queensland Health Workers must get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 30 and be fully inoculated by the end of October.

Video: Queensland mandates vaccination for health and ambulance workers (Sky News Australia)

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath announced the mandate at a press conference this morning.

She said although 80 per cent of the state's health workforce was vaccinated, more health professionals need to get jabbed.

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From September 1st, Covid vaccines will also be made mandatory for health professionals in the public and private sectors. Mitsotakis said: “It is unthinkable, for example, for an unvaccinated nurse to care for an immunosuppressed cancer patient. I am sure that a large part of society agrees with this Disturbingly, these mandatory measures are set to be introduced in Australia and New Zealand too, showing that this appears to be a well-organised move to usher in Covid vaccines for all along with the vaccine passports. In New Zealand, it was announced yesterday that all airport and port workers will

"We have seen a lot of transmission of the virus in hospitals in New South Wales, and sadly, we have seen a lot of deaths associated with those hospital transmissions, so we do need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to lower the risk."

Ms D'Ath said the department would work with those who are yet to be vaccinated.

"It may be that they've been on leave. We've got some stuff that due to other health reasons or pregnancy that they've been a bit hesitant and they want to wait, we will work through that. Of course, there's conscientious objectors as well.

"We've worked with the unions, we have support across the board, we will work with those staff who cannot or will not get vaccinated to find alternative arrangements and work through those arrangements with them, but it is important that we keep our health staff safe."

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“We are against mandatory vaccination and vaccine coercion,” Elsa Ruillere, local union representative, told Sputnik France. “There is no choice between tests or vaccination : vaccination is compulsory. No, we don't agree. We want to have the choice like the rest of the world and we do not want compulsory There have been widespread protests in France since mid-July, as the government of President Emmanuel Macron imposed the vaccination mandate on health workers and introduced a “ health pass” requirement to access public venues with more than 50 people in attendance.

She said measures would be taken to address unvaccinated health workers.

"They may be re-deployed to elsewhere in different roles. So we will work with them as to the risk level what their roles are," she said.

"It'll be looking at any person who comes forward and says, 'I can't, I don't want to get vaccinated at this point in time,' we will look at what role they perform where they work in the health system and what arrangements will suit them best.

"If an individual feels so strongly that they do not want to work in an environment that they have to be vaccinated, that is a choice for them … but I hope that we can come to arrangements with every one of our staff to ensure that they can continue to support the health system."

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