COVID-19 Vaccines – The Removal of Mandates
From Friday 10 June 2022, changes were made to existing COVID-19 mandatory workplace vaccination requirements. From this date, the vaccine mandates only apply to workforces working with the most vulnerable to protect them from severe disease, including:
- Healthcare and health support workers in hospitals and primary health care settings;
- Workers in residential aged care facilities; and
- Disability support accommodation workers.
The workers listed above must have their booster dose administered within one calendar month of becoming eligible.
Employers and employees who do not fall within the remaining mandates are no longer required to be vaccinated to attend the workplace. However, this does not mean that the vaccine requirements employers imposed as part of a policy will immediately fall away.
Employers who are not covered by the remaining mandates, but have existing COVID-19 vaccination policies, must have strong work health and safety grounds to continue to lawfully enforce COVID-19 vaccinations. Moving forward, employers should be reassessing and completing any risk assessments again that formed the basis of their vaccination policy. Employers can then determine if there are amendments to the policy required, and whether it is still lawful and reasonable to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Employers should seek advice based on their specific circumstances. Please contact the Employee Relations Advice Centre on 08 9365 7660 with any queries.
CCIWA, Business Law WA and REEFWA has taken all reasonable care in preparing this document. The contents of this document do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific advice for your situation should be sought from CCIWA, Business Law WA or a professional adviser before any action is taken.
Neither REEFWA, CCIWA nor Business Law WA accept responsibility for any claim that arises from any person acting or refraining from acting on the information contained in this document.