With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in full swing, it’s important to understand your rights as an employer in regards to the vaccine. Currently, vaccination is voluntary. While you can encourage your workers to get a COVID-19 vaccination, you are unable to mandate vaccination. However, according to the Australian Government, “state and territory health agencies may make public health orders that require some workers to be vaccinated, for example, those considered to be working in high-risk workplaces. If public health orders are made, you must follow them. You should stay up to date with the advice of your health agency.”
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Despite the vaccine rollout, you must continue to take measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in your workplace, e.g. physical distancing, good hygiene and regular cleaning.