The Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday night announced that residential care workers will be mandated to have their first vaccination against COVID-19 by mid September. His statement can be accessed here ( https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement-5?fbclid=IwAR0jm_YEpqd-x6LcTrB4uyHiOJLxuvOSb0FEAb3Kcyabsi5E5KUhE7ShsHw ).
While no official policy document has been released by the Department of Health yet, his statement indicates grant funding will be available to providers to assist casuals to access leave to receive the vaccination, and time off work in case of adverse reactions. This excludes permanent staff. Additional grant funding will be available for other incentives such as organized transport for staff.
The ASU understands this is a stressful time for all our frontline members who have worked so hard to protect and care for the community during this time. Workers should not be blamed for transmission when solutions to contagion by employers and the federal government are obvious.
Employers and the federal government must support all staff with paid leave, travel time, and kms to access the vaccine.
COVID leave needs to be expanded to include time off work for adverse reaction to the vaccine, if you have to get a COVID-19 test, or if you need to isolate as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. If you want to organize around achieving these outcomes in your workplace then call us on 1300 855 570.
Getting vaccinated is a critically important tool against COVID-19 but the barriers to access must be fixed first. Members with questions on eligibility in regards to Astra Zeneca go here (https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/covid-19-vaccination-patient-resources#resources-for-astrazeneca-vaccine ).
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