Disability support workers may soon have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if they want to keep their jobs. A panel of health experts has recommended the jab for jobs policy. It will be debated at a cabinet meeting today. The proposal follows a similar mandate for aged care workers, who must receive at least one dose by mid-September to remain employed in the aged care sector. Staff will get paid leave to get vaccinated and one day off if they experience side effects.
Only one-third of the disability workforce has received their first dose, and only 15 percent are fully protected. Though most disability workers are keen to be vaccinated, many have been unable to get the vaccine due to the lack of supplies and easy access to the vaccine.