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West Australians could face the SACK under tough Covid vaccine mandate from Mark McGowan #englishheadline #West #Australians #face #SACK #tough #Covid #vaccine #mandate #Mark #McGowan

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Tough new Covid vaccine rules will see tens of thousands of Australians sacked within the next few months because they don’t get the jab. 

WA Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday announced that about 1.1 million people in his state across multiple industries such as construction, teaching, and hospitality must get a vaccine by January 1. 

Workers who fail to comply will get a $20,000 fine if they turn up to work without a jab, while employers will cop a $100,000 penalty if they knowingly let them – making keeping on those who refuse to be immunised a huge financial risk. 

The new mandate affects about 75 per cent of WA’s workforce – which means even if the state achieves very high vaccination rates, the small percentage of those unvaccinated still amounts to thousands of workers. 

Even if almost everyone is vaccinated at 99 per cent of the population, about 11,000 people would be still sacked. 

While if the state reaches 95 per cent vaccination – the level NSW is striving for – there would be 55,000 Western Australians out of a job. 

Mark McGowan (pictured) has announced sweeping vaccine rules requiring 75 per cent of the WA workforce to get a jab

Poll

DO YOU AGREE WITH MANDATORY VACCINES FOR SOME WORKERS?

  • Yes – for health care, aged care and hotel quarantine staff 1034 votes
  • Yes – for all workers 1917 votes
  • No – no one should have to 5879 votes

Mr McGowan says the drastic step is necessary to prepare the state for community transmission of the virus.

The compulsory vaccine rules will be rolled out across three groups. 

‘It is proportionate and reasonable, and is aimed at preparing Western Australia safely for the inevitable community transmission,’ Mr McGowan said. 

The first group includes port, transport and freight workers, health and aged care staff, police and fly-in, fly-out mining workers, community workers, fire and emergency services employees. They must receive their first dose by December 1 and be fully-vaccinated by December 31.

The second group includes staff at supermarkets, groceries, restaurants, pubs and cafes, post offices, hardware stores, petrol stations, as well as childcare, public transport and construction workers. They must get their first dose by year’s end and second by January 31.

All teachers and school staff must be fully-vaccinated by the start of term one.

Even at very high vaccination rates, tens of thousands of people would still be sacked for not getting a vaccine (pictured: an Australian cafe worker in 2020)

Even at very high vaccination rates, tens of thousands of people would still be sacked for not getting a vaccine (pictured: an Australian cafe worker in 2020) 

The government has also outlined a third group of workers who must be fully vaccinated in order to attend work in the event of a lockdown. They include government employees, members of parliament and other retail workers such as mechanics, bottle shop staff, and those at pet stores.

Industry roundtables will be held ahead of the policy being implemented to ensure businesses and workers are prepared.

Beauty salons, gyms, hairdressers and universities are excluded from the mandate.  

WA is on track to have more than 60 per cent of people aged 12 and over fully vaccinated in coming days, but still trails other states and territories.

Hospitality workers (pictured) are among those required to be vaccinated along with teachers and supermarket staff

Hospitality workers (pictured) are among those required to be vaccinated along with teachers and supermarket staff 

Mr McGowan said the rate continued to climb but warned ‘people should not wait until the eleventh hour’.

‘The time is now,’ Mr McGowan said.

‘I want to make it abundantly clear that everyone who is eligible should get the COVID-19 vaccine now as we all need to be prepared for the event of community transmission or a lockdown.

‘Don’t wait for the deadly Delta variant to enter before you consider getting the vaccine. Get the COVID-19 vaccine now.’

Construction workers will be required to get the jab by January 31 in Western Australia

Construction workers will be required to get the jab by January 31 in Western Australia 

The new rule comes after the premier dashed any hopes WA would reopen for Christmas, saying he didn’t want to impose restrictions such as mask-wearing on the festive season.

Queensland has outlined plans to scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated domestic travellers by December 17.

Mr McGowan has declined to follow suit, saying WA is on track to reach 80 per cent vaccination in December at which point further certainty will be provided.

It means WA’s border will almost certainly remain shut to NSW, Victoria and the ACT for the rest of the year.

The Western Australian workers who must get a Covid jab

 First dose by December 1, second dose by December 31:

Remaining public and private hospitals and public healthcare facilities  Primary and community health

Onsite resources sector 

Border and air transport

Staff working in or entering remote Aboriginal communities  

First dose by December 31, second dose by January 31: 

Supermarkets, grocery, bakery 

Restaurant, pub, bar or cafe workers

Post office workers 

Hardware store workers 

 

Child care or family day care 

Boarding schools

Financial institution 

In the event of a lockdown:

Bottle shop

Newsagent 

Pet store 

Critical forestry  

Critical factories, manufacturing, fabrication and production

Government or local government services where working from home is not possible

 The full list of occupations is on the Western Australian government website



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