Australian Care Workers Face Mandatory Vaccination

The Australian Government is expected to follow in England’s footsteps by making Covid vaccination mandatory for care workers, as well as for quarantine workers, due to concerns over the Indian Delta variant. The MailOnline has the story.

Cabinet’s National Security Committee met on Monday to discuss the unfolding situation with lockdowns and tighter restrictions emerging around the nation.

It is understood the leaders are expected to endorse mandatory vaccination for aged care workers.

Despite aged care workers and residents being in the initial Phase 1a roll-out, many are still not vaccinated.

Of the 910 deaths in Australia from Covid, 685 have been aged care residents.

As well, there will be a ban on accommodating low-risk domestic travellers next door to high-risk international arrivals, which triggered an outbreak in Queensland.

This could be done by separating them into different accommodation or floors in the one facility.

The National Cabinet is also set to back vaccination and testing of all quarantine workers, and making vaccines and testing available to their household contacts.

The meeting received a detailed briefing on the vaccination program from three top officials – Covid Task Force Commander John Frewen, Health Department boss Brendan Murphy and Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

Earlier, Lieutenant General Frewen told reporters while Pfizer supplies remained constrained, there were ample AstraZeneca doses for people over 60.

He warned the disease would not be eradicated in the near future…

Almost 7.4 million Australians have been vaccinated.

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