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Vaccines and staff a legal mess in the workplace

Peter Strong (The Australian)


The rollout of the COVID vaccines is an important process. The sooner the population is vaccinated the sooner we can get the economy back to some sort of normality.

Workplace Vaccines

However, the vaccine creates serious issues for employers and their employees due to the ethical requirements of society and the legal demands of workplace relations and occupational health and safety regulations. There will be situations in which employers will need to be able to stand down workers, without pay, who decline to access a COVID vaccine.


There is the issue of vaccinated employees refusing to work with non-vaccinated employees. Where does the employer stand, legally and practicably, in that situation? Where does the employee stand? If a pregnant employee cannot access the vaccine and refuses to work with a person who refuses a vaccine should she have to resign? Who has the rights?


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