Mandatory vax orders for WA

Pharmacists and pharmacy staff in Western Australia will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by this date…

From Monday 1 November 2021, pharmacists and pharmacy staff in Western Australia will need to have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access their workplace.

Workers will need to be fully vaccinated by Wednesday 1 December 2021.

The mandate covers workers in private provider facilities, including pharmacies, general practices, private nurse offices and consulting offices, dental centres, allied health facilities and private pathology centres.

“It complements the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for health care workers, and will help protect the most vulnerable people in the community,” said the WA Government.

Premier Mark McGowan added: “Mandating people to get vaccinated obviously has a degree of controversy attached to it. But it’s the right thing to do, it’s the necessary thing to do to get people vaccinated in important areas, particularly where there’s medical vulnerabilities and capacity to spread the virus.”

The PSA welcomed the McGowan Government’s announcement that COVID-19 vaccinations will become mandatory for primary and community health workers.

“PSA applauds the McGowan Government’s decision to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for the West’s frontline health workers, demonstrating their commitment to protecting our community,” said PSA WA Branch President, Keegan Wong.

“It is imperative that Western Australians have the confidence that these settings, and those who work within, are compliant with the health advice,” said Mr Wong.

“We cannot have a situation where vulnerable members of the community remain anxious about contracting this disease through clinical settings like pharmacies and hospitals, especially as we learn to live alongside it.

“This move will protect our staff, patients, consumers and the community at large and we are glad to see that the state has followed Victoria and Tasmania’s lead on this front,” he said.

“Whilst this is good news for the state, we also recognise those extenuating circumstances where health workers have genuine medical contraindications to vaccination – and PSA is reassured a process exists to support this very small cohort.”

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