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If federal politicians, their staff and other parliamentary workers do not want to organize their own COVID-19 vaccination before the October meeting time and estimate hearings, Pfizer jabs come to them. After ACT Health told Parliament’s traveling cohort, they will have to quarantine on arrival if they have not already been vaccinated, creating a two-tier system for MPs, those already here and Parliament’s permanent Canberra – based workforce , has access to a walk-in vaccination node. The ACT Health hub will run inside Parliament House on Monday 11 October with a follow-up hub three weeks later for the second dose. Although walk-in jabs are accepted, bookings are advised. Residents of the building are asked to bring ID and their Medicare card. Pfizer vaccinations that have the shortest recommended distance between the first and second dose are offered to all building owners who have not already been vaccinated; or those who have had a single dose of Pfizer. The offer is open to members of Parliament’s press gallery, officials and other staff who support Parliament’s function. In the ACT, 96.0 per cent of eligible residents have received a first dose of the COVID vaccine, the highest of any jurisdiction in Australia. The latest figures via ACT Health show that 67.2 per cent have received a second dose, behind only NSW, which reached 70 per cent on Wednesday. The federal parliament returns on October 18 for fourteen days of meetings, which include a week of budget estimates and formal elections for a new Senate president to replace Scott Ryan. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Canberra’s lockdown is expected to lift on October 15, meaning restaurants and bars will be open with reduced capacity in time for the start of the meeting period. Earlier Thursday, an ACT Health spokeswoman confirmed to the Canberra Times that if a fully vaccinated person arrived from an area with active cases, the risk assessment would be based on their movement in the community over the previous fourteen days. Whether they had been in contact with a positive cause or participated in an exposure site, it would be taken into account, she said. Politicians and staff would be required to comply with the conditions of their exceptions, meaning that even those who could skip quarantine would be prevented from entering hospitality sites. The spokesman said the new guidelines were being tested as part of a “development process” around the assessment and revision of travel arrangements as Canberra begins to reopen. All other travelers from NSW and Victoria require permission to enter ACT and must be isolated for 14 days upon arrival. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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If federal politicians, their staff and other parliamentary workers do not want to organize their own COVID-19 vaccination before the October meeting time and estimate hearings, Pfizer jabs come to them.

The ACT Health hub will run inside Parliament House on Monday 11 October with a follow-up hub three weeks later for the second dose.

Although walk-in jabs are accepted, bookings are advised. Residents of the building are asked to bring ID and their Medicare card.

Pfizer vaccinations that have the shortest recommended distance between the first and second dose are offered to all building owners who have not already been vaccinated; or those who have had a single dose of Pfizer.

The offer is open to members of Parliament’s press gallery, officials and other staff who support Parliament’s function.

Canberra’s lockdown is set to lift on October 15, meaning restaurants and bars will be open with reduced capacity in time for the start of the meeting period.

Earlier Thursday, a spokeswoman for ACT Health confirmed Canberra Times if a fully vaccinated person arrived from an area with active cases, the risk assessment would be based on their movement in the community during the previous fourteen days. Whether they had been in contact with a positive cause or participated in an exposure site, it would be taken into account, she said.

Politicians and staff would be required to comply with the conditions of their exceptions, meaning that even those who could skip quarantine would be prevented from entering hospitality sites.

The spokesman said the new guidelines were being tested as part of a “development process” around the assessment and revision of travel arrangements as Canberra begins to reopen.

All other travelers from NSW and Victoria require permission to enter ACT and must be isolated for 14 days upon arrival.

Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter.

Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

This story Unvaccinated MPs, employees can receive jab at Parliament House without booking, first appeared in The Canberra Times.

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