AUSTRALIA NEWS: Call approved medication for Australian workers

Prior to the promised release of the COVID-19 vaccine, there were calls to make the jab mandatory for workers.

Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Organizations Australia, said business people were concerned.

“If someone refuses a vaccine, what are my rights as an employer, where do I stand?” he said.

The provincial government has promised a free vaccine for all Australians, but it will remain voluntary.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said there would be “very strong” campaigns.

“I am open to all means of ensuring that we get a solid job,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Vaccination may begin in March, but the vaccine is unlikely to be widely available until the end of next year.

However, lawyers for small businesses want a law to lay off workers without pay if they refuse to get a jab.

There are fears that some employees will not appear if a co-worker is not vaccinated, or that businesses with unprotected employees could be held accountable for the continuation of coronavirus cases.

“We don’t want anyone to be accused of something we can’t control,” said Mr Strong.

Spokesman for the Minister of Industrial Relations Christian Porter said there would be a number of issues that needed to be addressed before the vaccine could be released, and that some of those problems would be in specific workplaces.

You can find up-to-date information from the Government Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and on this Government WhatsApp channel.

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