Catholic hospitals welcome ACT Covid vaccine mandate
Catholic Health Australia, the leading advisory body for nonprofit hospitals and elderly care, welcomed news that the ACT government will demand that most workers in its healthcare system be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 .
The CHA, which is a national body, has been calling for compulsory vaccination of Australian health workers since mid-July.
This week, ACT said its chief medical officer of health will sign a public health directive covering staff at any health facility operated by Canberra Health Services, or at any hospital or hospice, as well as the wards. ambulance or other patient transport.
Most workers in these settings must have a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 29 and be fully immunized by early December.
“The high transmissibility of the Delta variant of COVID makes all Australian hospitals, including those in ACT, extremely vulnerable and we need vaccination rates as high as possible,” said Pat Garcia, CEO of Catholic Health Australia Health.
“ACT has been relatively lucky so far in terms of Delta, but once the territory opens up and cases increase, that can and is most likely to change.
“A general public health order from the ACT government will take decision-making out of the hands of operators – it’s a safer and more in-depth approach.
“The majority of staff working in the Catholic sector have been vaccinated, of course, but a government mandate would give a boost to the few remaining staff who are not vaccinated. “
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