Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Queensland’s healthcare system may be set to lose 2,000 workers due to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

But state leaders are willing to watch them go, saying an ultimatum they are fully vaccinated on Nov. 1 will stand.

“We do not apologize at all for mandating vaccination of our health workers and elderly care,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Wednesday.

D’Ath said 2,000 of the state’s more than 100,000 health workers have “indicated” that they have not yet been vaccinated.

She said nearly 100 percent of doctors have been vaccinated and that a “very high” proportion of nurses have had jabs.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath. Credit: Darren England/AAP

On Tuesday, Queensland Health Director-General John Wakefield told staff they could not work in a “facility where care is provided without being fully vaccinated” by November 1st.

“The time for ‘please’ is over,” he said in a letter to staff, seen by 7NEWS.

“I do not want to pursue a disciplinary path. However, I will not hesitate to do so for staff who do not comply with this reasonable terms of employment.”

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