Minister pushes for disability jab mandate

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The federal minister responsible for disability workers remains committed to making coronavirus vaccines compulsory for the sector.

National cabinet has not yet agreed to make vaccines mandatory for disability support workers.

Linda Reynolds said as the minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme she was very supportive of the mandate.

Less than 40 per cent of registered disability workers have received at least one dose of the vaccine, despite being included in the highest priority group of the national rollout, which started five months ago.

“Given they are working with such vulnerable people I think it is very important and I would encourage every disability worker to go and get vaccinated,” Senator Reynolds told ABC radio on Monday.

“National cabinet did agree last week to encourage residential disability support workers to have their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

“They will then look further at whether states and territories then make it mandatory.”

There is hesitancy among some staff who have threatened to leave the industry if they are forced to get vaccinated.

But most disability workers are more than happy to receive their jabs, as long as the vaccines are easily available and paid leave is provided.

The proposed mandate follows a similar order imposed on aged care workers, who must receive at least one dose by mid-September in order to keep their jobs.

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