Aged care minister in vaccination mess

Posted on
July 8, 2021
Aged Care Sector

It's all of his own making.

Last night you may have heard the Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck say he's concerned workers will leave the industry over mandatory vaccinations.

The government shouldn’t be surprised that people are angry about how they have mismanaged aged care as it feels like every week has seen a huge change in the program.

First, vaccinations were going to be offered to everyone on-site as part of the priority group rollout, then it was residents only and workers just got a couple of leftovers.

While they said they would be back for staff next time, what did come next time was threats to make the vaccine mandatory, then the government backed away from the idea but expected workers to get the vaccine in their own time even if that meant a 5-hour round trip on their weekend.

Now, after all that, they've made it mandatory for aged care workers anyway.

It seems like they’re scared this will anger workers, but it’s a mess of their own making and sadly, we suspect there will be more changes coming.

It's already clear workers are unlikely to be able to get vaccinated within the mandated time frames and the grants program that employers can apply to in order to support the program is barely well enough funded to cover a city’s worth of aged care workers let alone the whole country.

With other unions, we’re urging the Morrison Government to keep their focus on aged care workplaces as an immediate priority for the vaccine rollout and to make it as easy as possible for workers to get vaccinated at no cost to themselves.

If you want to secure a vaccination and your employer has been successful with its grant application, you should get in quick as this money will run out very soon.

We've also just been informed there are available appointments for Pfizer tomorrow at Blundstone Arena and Vinnies Mowbray.

There'll also be a new clinic coming online at Wrest Point Casino starting this Sunday with aged care workers getting priority appointments.

If you have medical concerns regarding the vaccination, please speak to your GP.

As always, we'll keep fighting for all aged care workers, if you hear of any changes in your workplace please let us know asap.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

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