WA has issued a public health order for up to 75% of the state’s workforce to get the COVID vaccination. The mandate will affect up to 1.1 million workers in our state.
Most employers will be familiar with the mandate for Group One workers, such as hotel quarantine workers, residential aged care workers, and healthcare and health support workers. Workers in this group have staggered first dose and fully vaccinated deadline dates.
Group Two, which has been recently announced and sets WA aside as the toughest vaccine mandate in the country, includes a list of occupations that are deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of critical services to the community. Workers in this group are required to have their first dose by 31 December 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022. The list includes, but is not limited to, hospitality and tourism workers, childcare workers, teachers, taxi and ride-share drivers, and building and construction workers.
Employers who are found to be operating with workers in both groups, not vaccinated before the deadlines, face fines of up to $100,000. Individual employees face fines of up to $20,000.
Following the public health order for WA, it is lawful and reasonable for employers to direct their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Therefore, if an employee in either of these groups refuses to get the vaccine before the deadline, employers will be able to take disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
All4People is here to help you gather the information whilst protecting the privacy of your staff, and to manage any workers refusing the get the vaccine in line with the public health order and state and federal employment legislation.
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