Mandating of COVID 19 vaccination for all aged care workers must be waived!

Mandating of COVID 19 vaccination for all aged care workers must be waived!

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Fiona Wattus started this petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and

On 28th June 2021, National Cabinet endorsed the decision of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee to make Covid 19 vaccination mandatory for all residential aged care workers. Dictating that the Covid 19 vaccination will be a condition of working in a residential aged care facility. Enforcing all residential aged care workers undergo at least their first dose of the vaccine by 17th September 2021 if they wish to remain working in the sector. This comes after the Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a commitment to all Australians, that the Covid 19 vaccine would NOT be made mandatory. 

All Australians deserve the right to have access to informed consent and freedom of choice when it comes to vaccinations and their bodies. Currently in Australia, all residents residing in residential aged care facilities, have the fundamental right to choose or refuse a Covid 19 vaccination, or any other vaccine. None of them are forced. Aged care workers deserve to have those same fundamental rights. No one can deny the vulnerability of the elderly. Nor can it be denied that the Covid 19 vaccine, has not yet been proven and everyone accepting it, is part of the worlds largest clinical vaccination trial. Which is exactly how even our own health minister Mr Greg Hunt describes it. 

Many aged care workers are expressing concerns about the known and unknown health risks and possible long term side effects of the vaccine. It is well documented, high rates of adverse effects are occurring to people receiving these vaccinations, some with serious reactions, even death. Others have personal concerns such as pregnancy, religious beliefs, allergies and pre-exisiting conditions. Many are also experiencing discrimination and feeling coerced from colleagues to get the vaccine. 

Australian aged care workers are entitled to fundamental human rights and should not be forced to make a decision, to either accept the covid 19 vaccine or suffer loss of employment. Forcing workers to make such decisions could negatively impact the the already understaffed sector, causing increased staff shortages, loss of stability in long term, caring relationships. Ultimately all further impacting the innovation for the provision of higher quality care. Aged care workers and aged care residents deserve better. 

Allowing this enforcement of vaccines in aged care workers, or even just one person, will enable the pathway for enforcement on everyone. The aged care sector will just be the beginning. It is unconstitutional and unethical to mandate a vaccine that is still in the clinical trial stage. The Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison must waive this mandatory sentence, of a Covid 19 vaccine, for all our aged care professionals, this is not what a democratic, free society looks like.

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