COVID-19 vaccinations will become mandatory for aged care workers, the Prime Minister has announced. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced all residential aged care workers must have their first dose by mid-September 2021 to be allowed to work.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was made at the National Cabinet meeting between state and territory leaders, with the decision to make it mandatory for all aged care workers to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September.

It is likely to be done using the same system used for mandatory flu vaccines for the same workers.

It’s the third time mandating vaccines for that workforce has been discussed by the meeting of the nation’s leaders. 

“This is something we wanted to see and so tonight we received the advice that would enable us to go forward with that measure,” Mr Morrison said.

Speaking at an evening press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it would come with an $11 million grant to aged care facilities to provide leave for staff if needed in relation to their vaccination. That leave can include situations where a person may experience some discomfort following a vaccination, Mr Morrison said.

Given most of Australia’s almost 1000 virus-related deaths have been in aged care homes, providing safeguards to further protect our elderly remains a priority.

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