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Australia to Suspend Unvaccinated Health Workers Without Pay, Despite the Fact That Many May Have Natural Immunity

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Australian authorities have announced that they plan on suspending unvaccinated health workers without pay in a move that has been denounced as infringing on human rights.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has discussed the matter alongside calls for a national approach on how to deal with health workers who refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to, the new rules will apply to public hospitals, ambulance services, private hospitals, general practitioners, private nurse offices, consulting offices, pharmacies and private pathology centres. Under the new mandate, all health workers in these establishments must get the Covid-19 jab.

Some Australian states such as Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) have already introduced vaccine mandates for health workers. In NSW, approximately 94 percent of health workers have received the jab, but more than 5,000 have yet to line up and submit to the experimental vaccine. With NSW’s first dose deadline already passed on September 30th, many unvaccinated health workers now face termination starting from the 1st of October.

NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said: “It’s pretty simple. If you don’t care enough to get vaccinated and look after your colleagues [and] if you don’t care enough about your patient, you probably shouldn’t be in the health system.”

In Queensland, nearly 1 in 10 out of 1115,000 healthcare workers remain unvaccinated. The state’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has implored workers to get injected with the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

D’Ath said: “We require our health workers to get vaccinated for a range of immunisations. This is about keeping them, their work colleagues and their own family members safe.”

Currently, three Australian states – Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory – are yet to finalise the mandatory vaccination guidelines for healthcare workers. However, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) wants all workers in the health sector to get the vaccine with only legitimate medical exemptions allowed.

Despite this, the mandates have faced significant criticism from the opposition. Australian Federal Member of Parliament, George Christensen, has slammed compulsory vaccination. He compared the mandate to slavery and “medical apartheid” in an online broadcast.

Christensen said: “The whole rationale for mandating the [COVID-19 vaccine] in the workplace, it’s not fair. [All] the rest of the vaccine discrimination and medical apartheid [that] certain politicians are proposing, it’s not borne out by the facts.

“This is not an [anti-vaccine] thing. This is about freedom [and] about choice. [It’s] about saying to both governments and corporations – ‘You know what, we might be your employee, but we’re not your chattel. We’re no longer in a slave relationship where you can demand certain things be done with my body.’”

Other countries have also introduced vaccine mandates for healthcare workers. France has made the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for those workers in a healthcare setting, which has led to 3,000 workers being suspended without pay for refusing the jab.

Additionally, Singapore has introduced a similar mandate, requiring those who refuse the vaccine to pay for Covid-19 testing themselves, whilst excluding them from Covid-19 medical benefits. These new rules were implemented on August 23rd.

Currently, in the UK, the Covid-19 vaccines have been made mandatory for health and care sector workers. Matt Hancock previously stated that those who refuse the jab by 11th November (unless medically exempt) will face being suspended or losing their job. However, recently, a UK government minister has suggested that unvaccinated health care workers could be moved to back-office roles.

Helen Whately, the minister for care, said in an interview with Times Radio: “You can look at whether there are alternative ways somebody could be deployed, for instance, in a role that doesn’t involve frontline work, or doesn’t involve being physically in the same setting as the patient – whether it’s, for instance, working on 111, something like that.”

The UK government have said that they are looking at “alternative roles” for individuals who do not get the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Christine Bishop
Christine Bishop
1 year ago

I wish someone would take tyrants in hand & throttle them. This will be happening in the UK soon unless we start actively fighting back.

Reply to  Christine Bishop
1 year ago

so many people still believe this is about a fake “virus”

baa baa baa, its all fraud, baa

Ian Carr
Ian Carr
1 year ago

Has no one told them that the jabbed are the main spreaders? Does the question get asked why are the spreadewrs the ones that CAN work with the vulnerable and the least infectious ie an A-symptomatic non clot-shotted person has to be given their marching orders. As we all know. Utter bloody madness! How could this have happened to Oz of all places?

Richard noakes
Richard noakes
1 year ago

Where is the order Biden promised on Sept. 9 requiring vaccines at companies with more than 100 employees?

Alex Berenson   Oct 5   
This article says Biden has not issued any order:
And in fact the Federal Register has no Biden executive order mandating vaccines for big companies:
Okay, so this article from Sept. 14 suggests the Occupational Health and Safety Administration will issue its own order – a so-called “Emergency Temporary Standard.”
“President Biden has the authority to direct OSHA to develop an ETS without issuing an executive order.”
Would love lawyers to weigh in on this.
In place of an OSHA mandate that might not survive court review, the administration appears to be trying to use a backdoor plan by having agencies require both contractors and SUBCONTRACTORS to meet Biden’s federal employee vaccine requirement (which he HAS issued as an executive order) – I got an email about this yesterday, and it is the reason JetBlue and American have given for requiring employee vaccines.
The dark brilliance of administrative state authoritarians.
The email:
My husband works for a large government contractor… The Department of Energy just slipped in a contract modification stating the 90% of workforce had to be vaccinated…this includes subcontractors that are often small businesses with less than 100 employees.

Richard noakes
Richard noakes
1 year ago

Australia Who can’t have a COVID vaccine and how do I get a medical exemption?
October 5, 2021 6.07am AEDT
Author Margie Danchin
Paediatrician at the Royal Childrens Hospital and Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist, University of Melbourne and MCRI, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Disclosure statement
Margie Danchin receives funding from the NHMRC, WHO, DFAT and the Commonwealth and State Departments of Health. She is Chair, Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI).
As Australia works towards getting 80% of over-16s fully vaccinated against COVID and higher, there’s more pressure to mandate vaccination across a range of sectors.
Some sectors in certain states and territories already have a COVID vaccine mandate in place, such as health and aged-care staff. Victoria last week mandated COVID vaccination for all authorised workers in the state, which has been a tough but necessary decision. Governments and businesses are also considering mandates for many other groups.
Vaccine passports are also on the way, meaning you’ll need to show proof of being fully vaccinated to do things like travel internationally, and to visit venues in hospitality, entertainment, retail and others in certain states and territories.
But there are some people who can’t get a COVID vaccine for medical reasons, though these are very rare. So what are these conditions, and if you have one of them, how can you prove it?
Permanent exemptions
It’s recommended all Australians over 12 receive two doses of a COVID vaccine. We have robust data now on these vaccines, so we know they’re safe and effective. Serious adverse events are very rare.
There are few situations where someone can’t have a COVID vaccine for medical reasons. The criteria to receive a permanent medical exemption are very narrow and rarely required.
The only criteria are:
·   anaphylaxis following a previous dose of a COVID vaccine
·   or previous anaphylaxis to any component of a COVID vaccine.
For live vaccines, such the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and varicella vaccines, people who are significantly immunocompromised can get a permanent medical exemption. But this isn’t relevant for COVID vaccines because they’re not live vaccines.
There are some conditions people commonly believe may require a vaccine exemption, but the following are not reasons to be exempt from COVID vaccination:
·   egg allergy, even severe
·   a chronic underlying medical condition – these individuals are often at higher risk of more serious disease from COVID, such as people who are immunocompromised who can still receive the COVID vaccines because they’re not live vaccines
·   family history of any adverse events following immunisation.
Temporary exemptions
There are some situations when a COVID vaccine may need to be temporarily deferred. For example, if someone has an acute illness with a fever of 38.5℃ or over. However, this would usually be for a short period only and wouldn’t require them to obtain a written temporary medical exemption.
But there are also some “acute major medical illnesses” where people may be able to get a temporary immunisation medical exemption form. This needs to assessed and given by a medical provider, and only temporarily exempts you from a COVID vaccine.
Last week ATAGI, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, which provides medical advice to the federal government on the use of vaccines including COVID vaccines, released expanded guidance on which of these conditions may warrant a temporary medical exemption.

Read more: Soon you’ll need to be vaccinated to enjoy shops, cafes and events — but what about the staff there?

These exemptions include people with acute major medical conditions such as major surgery or hospital admission for a serious illness.
Temporary exemptions are only recommended to be provided for up to six months. Ideally, they’re reviewed within six months to see whether the person has recovered and can now be safely vaccinated. They’re also only given if another COVID vaccine isn’t suitable or available.
Temporary exemptions may also be specific to a certain vaccine, such as:
·   if a person has a history of heart inflammation (myocarditis or pericarditis) attributed to a previous dose, or has had another illness causing heart inflammation in the past six months, or acute decompensated heart failure. This is only for mRNA vaccines, including those by Pfizer and Moderna
·   if a person has a history of specific very rare bleeding and clotting conditions including: capillary leak syndrome, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, idiopathic splanchnic thrombosis, or antiphospholipid syndrome (with thrombosis and/or miscarriage). This is only for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
If possible and safe, individuals who can’t get one of the above vaccines for one of these reasons should receive an alternative COVID vaccine.
Temporary exemptions may also be for people who:
·   have had COVID, until they’ve completely recovered. ATAGI recommends vaccination can be deferred for up to six months, because past infection reduces the chance of reinfection for at least this amount of time. However, they don’t need to delay vaccination if they’ve recovered from COVID and their job requires them to be vaccinated, or they’re at higher risk of COVID due to exposure or personal risk. Having chronic symptoms following COVID, known as “long COVID”, isn’t a medical reason not to receive a COVID vaccine. If people who’ve recently had COVID are unsure about whether to get vaccinated, they should talk to their medical provider about the best time to proceed with vaccination
·   have had a serious adverse event from a previous COVID vaccine dose that can’t be attributed to another cause. An adverse event is considered serious if the person is hospitalised or it causes persistent or significant disability. These events need to be reported to the adverse event surveillance system in the person’s state or territory and/or to Australia’s medical regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). They’re carefully assessed on a case-by-case basis by an experienced specialist to work out how likely a recurrence of the serious adverse event is if another dose of COVID vaccine is given
·   are assessed to be a risk to themselves or others during the vaccination process. For example, this could be due to a severe neurodevelopmental condition such as autism spectrum disorder. Specialist services may be available that can help facilitate safe vaccination for these individuals, such as with the assistance of distraction or awake sedation.
Pregnancy isn’t a valid reason for exemption, in the absence of any of the criteria listed above.
How would I get an exemption, if I’m eligible?
COVID vaccine medical exemptions can be obtained from general practitioners, paediatricians, clinical immunologists, infectious disease, general or public health physicians, gynaecologists or obstetricians.
If someone thinks they qualify for an exemption based on the above, it’s often best to visit a GP first to discuss.
The federal government will introduce a certificate system for people to prove they have a medical exemption later this month. These would be available through the Services Australia app.
With mandates looming, GPs and other providers will feel pressure to dispense exemptions to people not wanting to be vaccinated. Employers will be seeking clarity about who can receive one. This can often cause distress and conflict if the request for an exemption is denied, for both the provider and patient.
Also, if mandates aren’t applied equally and fairly, there’s a risk of compounding disadvantage.
These mandates are made at a jurisdictional level, so there may also be differences regarding which groups are affected depending on the state or territory.
The stakes are high for those who remain unvaccinated, so it’s vital employers, individuals and medical providers are aware of the new ATAGI clinical guidance regarding the medical exemption criteria and that jurisdictions provide additional clarity about the process.
The Conversation

Reply to  Richard noakes
1 year ago

They are not safe and are not effective as the data is now showing. These people are either very dull idiots or following an agenda. The vaccine report is scary in terms of how much they are trying to hide.