ACT to mandate vaccination for health workers as it records 33 COVID-19 cases

The ACT has recorded 33 new cases of COVID-19, as it was announced frontline healthcare workers will have to be fully vaccinated by the start of December.

A pharmacist loads up injections of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Cooleman Court Pharmacy in Canberra

A pharmacist loads up injections of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Cooleman Court Pharmacy in Canberra Source: AAP

The ACT is set to mandate its frontline healthcare workers be fully vaccinated, as the territory recorded 33 new cases of COVID-19.

The mandate will apply to any workers in hospitals, hospices and ambulance services.

While consultations are underway for the exact requirements of the mandate, it's expected healthcare workers will be required to have their first dose of a vaccine by 29 October and be fully vaccinated by 1 December.

The new figures come as ACT health authorities will outline a major update into how the COVID-19 outbreak will be handled and publicly reported once the lockdown eases

Of the 33 new cases, 28 have been linked, while five are still under investigation.

There were at least 14 cases that were infectious while they were in the community and six were in quarantine for all of their infectious period.

The number of COVID-19 patients who are in Canberra hospitals now stands at 14 with five of those in intensive care and three of those on ventilators.

It comes as some COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Tuesday, with some Year 12 and 11 students able to return to the classroom.

Year 12 students will be able to return to schools for practical classes and assessments, while some Year 11 students can attend in person only for essential assessments that cannot wait until 18 October, when all classes for senior students will resume on campus.


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Published 5 October 2021 at 1:03pm, updated 5 October 2021 at 1:29pm
Source: AAP - SBS