An Australian jurisdiction has announced one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the world with certain people facing huge fines.
Essential workers in the Northern Territory will be subject to one of the strictest Covid-19 vaccination mandates in the world to start in just one month.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner said employees interacting with the public needed to take at least one hit from Covid-19 by Nov. 13 or they would not be allowed to return to work and face a $ 5,000 fine.
He said workers who come into direct contact with people at risk of serious illness from Covid-19, such as Aboriginal people or those who cannot get vaccinated, must comply.
The new direction also applies to those employees who work in a high-risk environment where there is a known risk of Covid-19 transmission or outbreak.
People doing work on essential infrastructure, food or good security or essential supply or logistics must also comply with the mandate.
The management also includes a provision requiring booster shots for the same workers in the future.
Employers may request proof of vaccination from staff and must keep a record of the vaccination status of all their employees.
“If your job includes interacting with members of the public, then you need to take the hit,” Gunner said.
“If you work in the hospitality industry, you need to take the hit. If you work in retail or a supermarket, you have to take the hit. “
Mr. Gunner warned the Territorians: “You have 30 days.”
“That is the deadline to continue working on these jobs,” he said.
While the prime minister said the overall vaccination figures were “pretty good,” he noted that there were some “worryingly low rates” in remote communities.
He said he was doing everything he could to get everyone vaccinated.
“You know I am passionate, sometimes very passionate about the importance of the vaccine and I want as many people as possible to be vaccinated,” he said.
“At the end of the day with all the best information, with all the goodwill, with all the repeated attempts, there are some people and some communities that have said no to the jab and could keep saying no.
“At some point, Covid will come in. Complacency terrifies me (and) the idea of us staying at Covid-zero. Enter to. There’s an invisible clock ticking on this. “
More to come.