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Large Majority Of Australians Want The Covid-19 Vaccine To Be Mandatory

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Large Majority Of Australians Want The Covid-19 Vaccine To Be Mandatory

A large majority of Australians are in favour of making the coronavirus vaccine mandatory for everyone.

ELMO, an Australian human resource consulting company, has done some numbers crunching and revealed 62 per cent of respondents support forced jabs.

The data comes as Greater Sydney's lockdown continues to see dozens of new cases and exposure sites each day.

A further 44 per cent of Aussie workers said they would be uncomfortable returning to the workplace knowing one of their colleagues wasn't vaccinated.

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People are also placing a lot of hope in the vaccine rollout, with 76 per cent believe a successful delivery of jabs is vital to Australia's economy.

ELMO believes the high number of people wanting to see the Covid-19 jab become mandatory is due to the 'apprehension' and worry associated with the latest Sydney outbreak.

The software company said men were more likely to agree with forced vaccinations, with 69 per cent of blokes supporting the move and 55 per cent of women agreeing.

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Older generations backed the call compared to younger people as they were more apprehensive about catching the virus.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously ruled out the idea of forcing regular citizens to get the jab, however recently declared there would be some frontline workers that would have to be vaccinated.

Residential aged care workers and all quarantine workers, including those in transport, and their household contacts will have to receive their first vaccine by mid-September.

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Mr Morrison said: "Imposing on a person the requirement to have a vaccine or not be able to work in a particular sector is something that no government would do lightly and as a result we have ben considering this matter for some time now based on the best possible medical advice.

"This is a serious situation we're confronting and as always we're doing it together."

The decision was made following a National Cabinet meeting last month and it was also agreed to make changes to hotel quarantine.

There is now a ban on putting international quarantine arrivals next to lower-risk domestic arrivals. New arrivals will also have to undergo mandatory testing two or three days after leaving quarantine.

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The Prime Minister also issued a new directive for the vaccine rollout that allows anyone under 60 to get the AstraZeneca jab if they agree to the risks associated with the injection.

That caused a hell of a debate over whether under-60s should receive the AZ vaccine, however thousands of Aussies have since taken up the offer in a bid to get more of the country vaccinated.

Nearly half of Aussies would be uncomfortable working with a colleague who hasn't received the jab.

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Topics: Australia

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