Hundreds Of Thousands Of Victorians Will Have To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine By October 15
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Victoria's Premier has thrown down the gauntlet for anyone who hasn't been vaccinated yet against the coronavirus pandemic.
The state has recorded a second day of more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and authorities have come up with a plan to try and keep those numbers as low as possible.
Daniel Andrews has ruled that anyone in Victoria on the 'Authorised Worker List' will have to prove they've had at least one dose of an approved vaccine in order to keep working.
That list is incredibly long and includes most jobs that people will work. You can find the full list here.
The Premier said in a statement: "Over the course of the pandemic, when we have needed to limit movement and slow the spread of the virus restrictions have been our primary weapon.
"Now, with supply of the vaccine finally becoming widely available, we are able to protect all workers who aren't able to do their essential work from home and protect the roadmap to reopening.
"As we move through Victoria's Plan to Deliver the National Roadmap, we will see more pressure on our health system than we ever have. It is still crucial we continue to protect our health system from being overwhelmed.
"Our nurses, doctors, ambos and all of our health workers are working their guts out to be there for us and they need us all to do our bit."
Considering that more than 80 per cent of Victorians have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, this shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Victorians on the Authorised Workers List will have to be fulled vaccinated by November 26.
Mr Andrews added: "The advice from the Burnet Institute and all our public health officials is that vaccination remains our best protection. As authorised workers are currently moving around Victoria the most, it's vital they get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and all of Victoria.
"The 15 October deadline will not apply to workers who already have existing requirements under CHO directions - groups like construction, freight, healthcare, aged care and education will still have to comply with previous advice."
The Premier hopes that this will be able to kick the coronavirus pandemic once and for all and said the state's vaccination rate will be the ticket to everyone's freedom.