GRPHU encourages local workforces to get vaccinated

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit is encouraging local workforces to get vaccinated.

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit is encouraging local workforces to get vaccinated.

Along with aged care, construction and freight workforces, healthcare workers will be the next workforce to have vaccination become a requirement to work, with school and childcare staff, police and disability workers to follow.

Healthcare workers will need to have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 15, or provide evidence that they have an appointment to be vaccinated before November 1, to continue working.

School staff were added to he list on Wednesday. They must be fully vaccinated by the end of November to continue working in Victorian schools.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino said all school and early childhood staff including teachers, support staff, and cleaners would need to be first-dose vaccinated by October 18 and double-vaccinated by November 29.

Construction workers across the state will need to have shown evidence to their employers that they have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 11.59pm last night, to be able to continue to work.

Limited medical exemptions and proof-of-booking exceptions will apply, in line with previous requirements for residential aged care workers.

Tea rooms will close and food or drink will not be able to be consumed indoors at work.

As of Monday, metropolitan construction work was shut down for two weeks because of the spread of COVID-19 between work sites.

In light of the cases seeding from Melbourne into regional Victoria, construction workers will no longer be able to cross the metropolitan-regional boundary for work.

The government says it will have more to announce regarding police and disability workers soon, but confirmed the Chief Health Officer would be assessing vaccination requirements for all authorised workers in Victoria.

The state government has indicted that once vaccinations reach the double dose 80 percent mark for those aged 16 and over, people will be able to go to work “if they are fully vaccinated”, although density limits and mask-wearing will need to be observed. This is expected to be about November 5.

A Gippsland Region Public Health Unit spokesperson encouraged workers to come forward for vaccination.

“There are a range of priority appointments and general appointments available to people who work in these industries,” she said.

“People who are vaccinated as part of these workforces should follow the six-week dose interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses.”

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available at community state-run clinics.

Moderna, which arrived in Australia at the weekend, will initially be rolled out by pharmacies.