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Nurses And Teachers Set To Join Melbourne Tradie Protest Over Vaccine Rule

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Nurses And Teachers Set To Join Melbourne Tradie Protest Over Vaccine Rule

Nurses and teachers are rumoured to be joining crowds planning to protest in Melbourne for a fourth day.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the CBD this week to rally against the state government's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for the construction industry.

That and several other new rules put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have sparked outrage in the industry and tradies have marched through Melbourne to voice their concerns.

However, it didn't take long before other fringe groups, including anti-vaxxers, anti-lockdown activists and the far-right, joined in on the madness.

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According to News Corp, chatter on the Telegram app has seen comments from alleged nurses and teachers saying they will be taking part in today's (September 23) protests.

One person wrote: "Some of the nurses are going to turn up in scrubs."

Other conversations urged people who wanted to join the demonstration to dress more 'professional'.

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Many have been wearing high-vis gear while marching through the CBD to pretend they are construction workers, however organisers are worried this look has now attracted the wrong kind of attention.

One person allegedly said: "Everyone start turning up in suits, shirts/ties, dress shoes. Look smart, look sophisticated."

Another added: "So they can see how many different industries are standing up."

Teachers are the latest industry forced to have the Covid-19 vaccine in order to prevent the spread and severity of the pandemic when the state opens up again.

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Victoria's Minister for Education, James Merlino, said all school and early childhood staff, which includes teachers, support staff, and cleaners have to have received their first by October 18 and be double-vaxxed by November 29.

He said in a statement: "Children under 12 do not have access to a vaccine so we've got to protect our kids from contracting the virus and transmitting the virus when they go home to their families.

"My call to all teachers and all staff [is] make a booking and get vaccinated."

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According to the Herald Sun, all public and private hospital workers, GP and medical clinic staff, paramedics and other health professionals will soon be required to get the vaccine.

The move hasn't been announced yet, however it would follow a similar decision from NSW state authorities.

It appears there are some in the teaching and nursing profession who don't want this to happen and they will be making their stance clear in Thursday's demonstration.

Featured Image Credit: Joshua Preston/Alamy

Topics: Australia

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