Brisbane priests, Church workers must be vaccinated

Archbishop Mark Coleridge receives his COVID 19 vaccination (The Catholic Leader)

All Brisbane Archdiocese employees, priests and deacons are now required to comply with public health orders and have two COVID-19 vaccinations by December 15. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has sent a letter to all priests and deacons to comply with double-dose vaccination by December 15 or stand aside.

A similar policy has been provided to all Church employees across Brisbane archdiocese, including those employed by Brisbane Catholic Education, Centacare and parish employees. However, BCE employees based in schools are not subject to this mandatory vaccination announcement as the state’s education sector decides on the best approach.

“Clergy not doubly vaccinated are failing in their duty to care for the faithful,” Archbishop Coleridge wrote.

Archbishop Coleridge asked each priest and deacon to notify him of their vaccination status.

His letter sets out clearly Brisbane Archdiocese’s policy drawn up to conform with Queensland Health regulations.

“The policy is based on the commitment of the archdiocese to the health and safety of all its employees, contractors, students, volunteers and lay religious working within the archdiocese,” he wrote.

“It is designed to protect agency clients, parishioners and all the faithful.”.

By December 15, Brisbane Archdiocese employees outside of those working in schools will also need to show proof of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or provide evidence of a medical condition that prevents vaccination.

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December deadline for priests and church workers to vaccinate (The Catholic Leader)

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