Unvaccinated Australians continue to struggle.
EMPLOYERS SHUN EASING
Some of Australia’s biggest employers will continue to require their workers be vaccinated against COVID-19, even after state government mandates are abolished.
NSW is removing most vaccination mandates this month, and Western Australia has also followed in suit over the last two weeks. Queensland has removed many requirements, while the Northern Territory have also joined in calls to scrap restrictions.
Despite this, multiple corporations have stated there will be no changes to vaccination policies, including:
- Virgin Australia
- Commonwealth Bank
Fruit and vegetable giant SPC was one of the first employers to require staff at its Shepparton factory to be vaccinated, even before the government enforced mandates, and plans to continue requiring staff to have had two-doses of the vaccine even after the government mandate is scrapped.
Woolworths and Coles were the next to speak up on maintaining their vaccine guidelines on a national level, meaning all staff will need to have at least two doses of the vaccine to work.
Mining giant BHP have also stated that the requirement to be double-dosed vaccinated will remain:
Telstra, Virgin Australia and the Commonwealth Bank are also included on this list.
All companies will maintain vaccine directives, irrespective of government policies.
The Victorian government has not announced an end to its broad vaccination mandates.
Workplace lawyers predict the enforcing of mandates without government health orders could prompt a fresh wave of legal challenges by employees, particularly from employees in low-risk environments.
Meanwhile, for those in “high-risk” workplaces, the push for a fourth jab has now just started.
FOURTH JAB FOR ‘ESSENTIALS’
It is currently mandatory for workers in healthcare, aged care, disability, emergency services, correctional facilities, quarantine accommodation and food processing and distribution to be “up to date” with their vaccination doses, particularly in the state of Victoria.
At present, this means they require a third dose to work on site and must have it within a set time frame.
Andrews revealed his intention to approach the Commonwealth over the second booster shots on Monday, saying hospital chiefs had raised it as a “real priority” following a recent spate of ‘COVID-19 outbreaks’.
Education providers and principals are also considering whether they will impose vaccine mandates on teachers once government orders expire.
We have also seen The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) expand their recommendations on the use of additional booster doses for immunocompromised adolescents.
Around 120,000 teenagers are now eligible to receive a ‘first’ booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, following a new recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
Meanwhile, unvaccinated Aussies who have lost relationships, jobs, friendships and even precious time with loved ones have spoken out about their lives being ruined.
Yes, Australians are allowed back into pubs and clubs, and the ability to go on a holiday.
But without the ability to get back to work – are we really truly free from the corona psyop?
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