Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

The WA government will this week begin rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations at some colleges as it continues efforts to increase state vaccination rates.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan also stated that it could become mandatory for MEPs to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

WA did not register any new COVID-19 cases Monday morning, despite news over the weekend that a Victorian truck driver who tested positive for the virus had entered the state.

“So far, we have identified 10 close contacts, 24 random contacts, they are all quarantined and tested as needed,” McGowan said.

A road train passed a sign proclaiming '90 Mile Straight '.
Truck drivers will have to perform a rapid antigen test at WA’s borders.(ABC News: Hugh Sando)

He said a new rule would be introduced to ensure all truck drivers who had been through New South Wales or Victoria to take a rapid antigen test at state borders.

Mandatory jab for MPs proclaimed

McGowan said he had sought legal advice on whether the state government could make vaccination mandatory for all MPs.

“All the West Australian Labor MPs have been vaccinated,” McGowan said.

“I can not control what the Liberal Party or other parties do.

“But we are currently looking at whether we can mandate all MPs or not, it will also cover other political parties.”

The award said the state government was also considering which other state sectors could face mandatory vaccination.

My workers in a high way
Mandatory vaccination has already been announced for the mining sector.(ABC)

“There are a whole bunch of workforces out there that already have mandates, but there will be more to come,” he said.

MPs should lead by example: Mettam

Opposition health spokeswoman Libby Mettam said any decision to impose vaccination should be backed by legal and medical advice, but said MPs should set an example.

“As a Member of Parliament, there is an obligation to lead by example [and] I would encourage anyone who is hesitant to talk to their doctor in the first place, ”she said.

Libby Mettam wears a black blazer and black glasses, behind her are the pillars outside the parliament.
WA Liberal MP Libby Mettam says MPs should lead by example with COVID vaccinations.(ABC News: James Carmody)

Liberal MP Nick Goiran would not say whether he had taken the COVID-19 vaccine or not.

He said he had “a higher duty to uphold people’s right to medical confidentiality” in his role as shadow attorney general.

“The Prime Minister’s admission that he needs legal advice underlines the range of legal issues involved, including the separation of powers, the right of a duly elected Member of Parliament to sit in Parliament, the right to privacy in medical history and the obligation to respond to public health. be objectively necessary and proportionate, “Goiran said.

“Given the known vaccination rate among MPs is 95 per cent and may already be 100 per cent, it seems the Prime Minister is desperate to divert from his lack of a plan beyond COVID while his hospital system is still not ready for to cope when it arrives. “

WA Liberal leader David Honey said the mandate vaccination for MPs was a political stunt.

“The real problem is WA’s vaccination rate left behind.”

Honey said he respected the rights of individuals to keep their vaccination status private.

He said he had not asked any of his party members whether they had been vaccinated or not.

COVID jobs come to WA schools

Meanwhile, a group of WA high schools will participate in school-based vaccinations from this week, starting with residential colleges, agricultural schools and educational support schools.

Students in metropolitan and regional WA will also be transported in buses to state vaccination clinics.

WA continues to lag behind all the other states — with 70 percent vaccinated with the first dose — which prompted the state government to try to make the process more convenient.

“We’ve converted the Claremont and Joondalup clinics into walk-ins, so if you want to get vaccinated, you don’t even have to make an appointment anymore,” McGowan said.

“From October 18, we will be establishing clinics in the Armadale Mall and the Mirrabooka Square Mall, so if you are out shopping, you can go and just get vaccinated.

“In areas with lower vaccination rates, namely Armadale and Mirrabooka, you will just be able to enter.

Rows of empty black chairs with a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the wall behind.
Vaccination clinics come to shopping malls in the suburbs of Perth.(ABC News: Rhiannon Shine)

“We need to make it accessible and easy for people.”

The award spoke at a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Perth Airport, which will be operated in partnership with Rio Tinto following the latest announcement that vaccination will be mandatory for all fly-in fly-out workers.

The airport clinic will be open weekdays between 10 and 20 for everyone working in the sector.

Several vaccination clinics have recently opened in the northwest of the state, including in Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman, where vaccination rates are low.

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