Vax or 5K fine: NT’s tough stance

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner has revealed some of the toughest vaccination rules in the world,  workers that are in contact with the public will be required to get the Covid-19 jab by November 13, If required workers don’t get the jab they can be refused from work and fined $5,000.

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from NT News 14.10.21

UPDATEDCHIEF Minister Michael Gunner has revealed some of the strongest mandatory vaccination rules in the world will come into force on November 13.

Workers who interact with the public will be required to get the Covid-19 jab, with the mandate to come into effect on November 13.

Affected workers who refuse to get vaccinated by November 13 C.

“If your job includes interacting with members of the public, then you need to get the jab,” Mr Gunner said.

“If you work in hospitality you need to get the jab. If you work in retail or in a supermarket, you need to get the jab.”

Mr Gunner added workers interacting with customers at banks, barbers, hairdressers, beauty therapists as more required to get the jab.

Employers will be allowed to request proof of vaccination to create a register of staff and their vaccination status.

The registers will also be created to allow booster shots in 2022.

The workers required to get the vaccine include:

  • Workers who come into direct contact with people at risk of severe illness from Covid-19, including Aboriginal people and people who cannot be vaccinated due to age or a medical condition
  • Workers who are at an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 because they work in a high-risk setting where there is a known risk of Covid-10 transmission or outbreak
  • Workers who perform work in essential infrastructure, food or essential good security or supply, or logistics in the Territory.

EARLIER: CHIEF Minister Michael Gunner will announce the chief health officer’s directions around mandatory vaccines for workers in high-risk environments in the Territory.

Mr Gunner is likely to make the announcement about midmorning.

In September Mr Gunner announced vaccines would be mandatory for all Territory workers in high-risk environments, with those who refuse to either be reassigned to another role or dismissed.

There will be three tests to determine if you are worker who has to have a vaccination.

1) If in the course of your work you directly interact with vulnerable person. This applies to anyone who works with or comes into contact with children (eg: teachers and child care workers). It will also include frontline health and emergency workers (like healthcare and police), anyone who has contact with vulnerable and transient populations – like those working in our community services sector, and anyone who works in a remote community. This will also include customer-facing roles – like supermarket, retail and hospitality workers.

2) If the risk of Covid can be brought into their work setting. This will include quarantine and border control workers – where we already have vaccination coverage, as well as places symptomatic people may visit – like GP clinics and pharmacies.

3) If you undertake work that relates to essential infrastructure, supply or logistics. A legal direction will be issued by the chief health officer that makes it mandatory for people working in these environments to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – from a certain date, which will be determined at the time.

An unvaccinated employee will be prevented from working in certain environments unless they are vaccinated by a certain date. An employer will be prevented from allowing employees to work in certain environments unless that are vaccinated by that date.

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