The Chief Health Officer is currently drafting a health order that will mandate vaccines for anyone working with vulnerable people, which includes children under 12.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner said if random spot checks were used they would not apply to people dropping off children at school.
“So [there are] a couple of things we’re doing around schools on top of mandatory vaccination, and [one] is random testing. Obviously dropping your kid off and then you’re leaving again … you’re not a staff member, so you’re not covered by the CHO’s direction, but we’ll be doing random testing on people who go on to school grounds.”
Mr McGowan says the “growing crisis” on the east coast – and globally – means WA authorities are obliged to do more to protect their people.
He has announced that from December 1, any FIFO and other workers in remote operations in the mining sector will be required to have their first COVID-19 vaccine. They must be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022.
It will involve 100,000 workers, he said, adding the move would also protect regional towns that are not vaccinating people as quickly.
‘We want to protect workers, and the wider community and their families.”
We’re hearing from WA Premier Mark McGowan now. He says WA has no new cases, but there will be one case reflected in today’s numbers, which was the case the Health Minister reported yesterday.
That case is a four-year-old boy, the son of a diplomat who flew into WA last Wednesday.
Forty-one of the 50 close and casual contacts of the diplomat have tested negative, with eight results pending. Fifteen close contacts will be in quarantine for 14 days.
Hey there Killjoy! Not at all, accuracy is important (and speaking of, as a side note, that’s Professor Nancy Baxter). In this case, that chart is actually for the entire population, rather than eligible demographics, because of the difficulty of comparing varying eligibilities between countries. So don’t worry, it’s good news 🙂
Jumping back to Melbourne, cohealth has opened a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Quang Minh Buddhist temple in Braybrook, in the city’s west.
It will operate from 10:30am to 4:30pm until October 8 and has the capacity to deliver about 500 vaccines per day.
The temple’s abbot, Thich Phuoc Tan, said they wanted to get behind the vaccination drive because it aligned with the Buddhist efforts to “end human suffering”.
“We all are suffering, some greater than the other,” Mr Thich said. “We have a choice to come out of this, and at the moment, I think the best choice is to get everyone to get vaccinated.”
Cohealth’s Kim Webber said taking the vaccine to places where people felt safe and supported would help the state hit its vaccination targets.