12 January 2022

COVID-19 vaccine mandate extended

Due to the current rate of COVID-19 hospitalisations and cases, the Victorian Government has extended the pandemic declaration to apply to the state of Victoria from 11.59pm Wednesday 12 January for three months.

Under the new pandemic order, workers in key sectors who are already required to be fully vaccinated must get their third dose before being permitted to work onsite.  

This will apply to healthcare, aged care, disability, emergency services, correctional facility, quarantine accommodation and food distribution workers. Workplaces must sight and record proof of vaccination.

Workers eligible for a third dose on or before Wednesday 12 January will have until Saturday 12 February to get their third dose. Workers not yet eligible for a third dose will be required to get it within three months and two weeks of the deadline to receive their second mandatory dose.

This means health care workers must receive their third dose by 29 March.