Dan Andrews demands Victorian workers get Covid BOOSTERS or face being sacked


Dan Andrews demands thousands of Victorian workers get Covid BOOSTERS in just weeks or face being sacked in dramatic expansion of vaccine mandate

  • Health care, hospitality and emergency workers given a deadline for third jab
  • Employees must show bosses vaccine certificate to prove they had their booster
  • Victoria had 34,808 new infections on Monday – 21 per cent less than on Sunday


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Daniel Andrews has demanded thousands of workers get Covid-19 booster shots within weeks, or face losing their jobs.

The Victorian premier issued a statement on Monday urging people who work in healthcare, aged care, disability, emergency services, correctional facilities, quarantine accommodation and hospitality to get their third jab.

Employees will be required to show their boss a vaccine certificate to prove they had the mandatory booster. 

Workers eligible for a third dose before January 12 will have until February 12 to get the shot. 

Daniel Andrews (pictured) has demanded thousands of workers get Covid-19 booster shots within weeks

People who are not yet eligible for their booster will be forced to get it within three months and two weeks after their second jab.

This means residential aged care workers must receive their third dose by 1 March, and health care workers by 29 March.

Disability, quarantine accommodation, correctional facilities, emergency services, and food distribution workers will need to receive their third dose by 12 March. 

Manufacturing, warehouse and transport staff who work in food distribution will be required to get the booster, but retail supermarket staff will not. 

Thousands of workers in Melbourne are now required to get their booster shot. Pictured: A health worker in Melbourne with Covid-19 vaccines

Thousands of workers in Melbourne are now required to get their booster shot. Pictured: A health worker in Melbourne with Covid-19 vaccines

Thousands of workers in Melbourne are now required to get their booster shot. Pictured: A health worker in Melbourne with Covid-19 vaccines

People who work in food manufacturing, packing and distribution will also be exempt from close contact isolation rules in an attempt to avoid supply shortages.

If an employee is a close contact, they will be able to return to onsite work if they are asymptomatic, take a rapid test for five days and return negative results. 

Health Minister Martin Foley said the mandate was a ‘sensible step’ to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

‘This is a sensible extension of our existing vaccination requirements – ensuring our critical workers and the vulnerable community members they look after are protected,’ he said.

Victorians in key sectors were forced to get the two initial Covid jabs last year.

Hospitality workers will have until March 29 to get their booster shots. Pictured: People at a bar in Melbourne

Hospitality workers will have until March 29 to get their booster shots. Pictured: People at a bar in Melbourne

Hospitality workers will have until March 29 to get their booster shots. Pictured: People at a bar in Melbourne

The state recorded 34,808 new infections on Monday – marking a 21 per cent drop from Sunday’s 44,155 cases.

To help curtail the number of new infections, Mr Andrews’ government announced that indoor nightclubs will shut from 11.59pm on January 12.

Dancing will still be permitted at weddings, but health authorities urged organisers to consider outdoor options.

Residents at aged care facilities will only be allowed five visitors per day, and only if those visitors have returned a negative RAT test on entry.

If there are no RATs at the facility, residents will only be allowed two visitors per day.

People looking to see a loved one in hospital must have received two doses of the vaccine or must return a negative RAT result before entering.

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