As ASU members may have already heard, today the Victorian Premier announced that all workers – in Melbourne and regional Victoria on the Authorised Worker list will require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October in order to continue working onsite. They will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November. This decision was based on advice from the public health team.

This 15 October deadline will not apply to workers who already have existing requirements under state directions – groups like construction, healthcare, aged care and education will still have to comply with previous advice.

We know that members may have lots of questions about how this announcement may affect them. We have prepared a range of Frequently Asked Questions to help. We will also be progressively seeking to clarify additional concerns and questions that members might have as they arise.

Member Briefings
Two member briefings have also been arranged, which will be attended by a lawyer from Maurice Blackburn, to provide information and answer questions that members might have. Please follow the links to register if you wish to attend one of these meetings:

DATE: Wednesday 6 October
TIME: 12pm
REGISTRATION LINK: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qdeGgqjsoGN3Gq1m4rmfBAXefawwL0qVW

DATE: Wednesday 6 October
TIME: 5pm
REGISTRATION LINK: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceCtqj8vHdytfGAQEC1j0FlBQxeTVitM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In order to enable workers to comply with this announcement, your employer should remove any barriers to their eligible workers in getting vaccinated. This includes providing paid leave to be vaccinated.

The ASU believes interests of all union members collectively, whether each one is vaccinated or not, is in having a work environment where staff and other members of the community are safe. Vaccinations are the single most important protection for all of us against Covid, a key part of keeping workplaces safe and is currently our only path back to a life without the need for lockdowns.

To book a vaccination through state-run centres – or to see links for how to book at your local GP or pharmacy – visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

For further information, you can also look at resources prepared by the ACTU here.

ASU Members can also get advice from the ASU Member Contact Centre via info@asuvictas.com.au

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