“If you’ve been putting it off or waiting to get vaccinated, don’t wait any longer,” said Victorian Minister for Health Martin Foley in an announcement that Victorian authorised workers must get their COVID-19 jabs to be able to work on site.
This includes about a million workers—including those in hospitality—across Victoria who will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by October 15, and they must be fully vaccinated by November 26 to be allowed to keep working.
With Victoria recording record numbers of new COVID cases, Premier Daniel Andrews said that with supply of the vaccine finally becoming widely available, it’s time to protect all workers who aren’t able to do their essential work from home and protect the roadmap to reopening—and prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.
“All of our health workers are working their guts out to be there for us and they need us all to do our bit and get vaccinated, so we can continue on our pathway to opening,” Mr Andrews said.
The Victorian Government’s coronavirus website defines authorised providers/authorised workers as follows:
Authorised providers are businesses and organisations that can open in Restricted Areas (i.e., metropolitan Melbourne and Restricted Area LGAs in regional Victoria) when there are only five reasons to leave your home, with an authorised worker being those individuals required to perform the essential tasks delivered by these businesses and organisations.
Anyone on this list—even if not in a locked-down area, must comply with this requirement.
The 15 October deadline will not apply to workers who already have existing requirements under CHO directions—groups like construction, freight, healthcare, aged care and education will still have to comply with previous advice.
“The best vaccine is the vaccine you can get today and we all need to do our bit to protect the community and get back to the things we love,” Mr Foley said.