St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne yesterday became Victoria’s first public hospital to make COVID vaccinations compulsory for all staff, contractors and volunteers. Source: Herald Sun.
That mandate will cover St Vincent's Health Australia's 16 public and private hospitals and 23 aged-care facilities across three states, including its Victorian hospitals in Fitzroy, East Melbourne, Kew and Werribee. The deadline for all employees – more than 70 per cent of whom are already vaccinated – to be jabbed has not yet been set.
St Vincent’s Health Australia chief executive officer Toby Hall said the measure was “fundamental to ensuring the safety of patients, residents and staff”.
He said the current Covid outbreaks in NSW and Victoria – and the extremely contagious nature of the Delta variant – have confirmed for St Vincent’s Health that this is the right policy for its services, its people, its patients and residents, and the community which depends on them.
NSW has already announced it will require all hospital workers to be fully vaccinated, while the Commonwealth Government has made it compulsory for aged-care workers to have had a jab by September 17.
All public and private hospital workers, GP and medical clinic staff, paramedics and other health professionals will need to be fully vaccinated under an Andrews government plan.
It is understood the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee is preparing advice for national cabinet on Friday, in a bid for Australia-wide agreement on mandatory healthcare worker vaccinations.
All Victorian health workers facing mandatory jab rule (By Grant McArthur and Gilbert Gardiner, The Herald Sun)