Australian authorities have decided to introduce compulsory vaccination against coronavirus for employees of nursing homes. This follows from a statement published June 28 on the website of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“The National Cabinet has agreed to implement a directive that all nursing home employees receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-September 2021,” the statement reads.
It notes, however, that “vaccination should be mandatory for nursing facility employees as a condition of employment there.”
The government will allocate A$11 million ($8.3 million) to the vaccination program for this category of workers. In addition, the new measures will also provide paid days off for employees who fall ill after vaccination.
According to Australian media reports, for every 910 deaths from the coronavirus in the country, 685 are from nursing home residents.
The COVID-19 vaccination in Australia began Feb. 22. Vaccinations are reportedly given with drugs from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, with the latter used only among citizens over the age of 50.
In May, five cases of thrombosis were reported in Australia after vaccination with AstraZeneca.