Vaccine Requirements for Industry and Workers

As of Friday 15 October 2021, employers of Authorised Workers are obliged to know their workers’ vaccination status if the worker is unable to work from their usual place of residence, and act accordingly.  Below is the information provided to us by AgVic.  Not all questions are answered as AgVic is seeking clarification on many issues raised by industry around the Directions. The Frequently Asked Questions links below will be updated regularly.

Employer must collect, record, and hold vaccination information about their workers on or before 15/10/2021.

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  1. Vaccine Requirements for Industry and Workers

The Acting Chief Health Officer has issued the new COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, which came into effect at 11:59pm on 7 October 2021.  The Directions are also attached.

From 15 October 2021, to work onsite at a work premises, workers must be able to provide evidence to their employer that they have either:

  • received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • have a booking to receive a first dose by 22 October 2021, or
  • have a medical exemption from an authorised medical practitioner.

This means that from 23 October 2021, workers need to have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to attend work — unless they have a medical exemption. From 26 November 2021, to attend work, workers will also be required to provide evidence to their employer that they have received a second dose - unless they have a medical exemption.

The new Directions apply to employers of select workers, including contractors, volunteers and students on placement. A full list of workers can be found here.

More information

Please visit the Coronavirus website for more information for industry and workers regarding vaccination requirements. The website includes Frequently Asked Question for workers and Frequently Asked Questions for business and industry. This webpage will be updated as further information becomes available.

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