The ACT Education Directorate reveals that 96 percent of staff are vaccinated prior to mandate | Canberra Times

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A number of teachers and toddler staff will be reassigned when a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for some staff in the subject takes effect on Monday. The ACT Education Directorate has said that more than 96 per cent of teachers and pre-school staff affected by the mandate have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The remaining unvaccinated staff must be relocated, but a spokeswoman for the ACT Education Directorate said the directorate was convinced this would not affect the school’s operations. This is despite the fact that there is a chronic shortage of labor in ACT public schools, in particular there is a shortage of random teachers. “A minimal number of employees have indicated that they are unable to comply with the health order. These employees are being supported by the Directorate of Relocation,” the spokeswoman said. “This is not expected to significantly affect the operation of the school and the situation will continue to be closely monitored.” According to an ACT Order on Public Health, staff working in early childhood environments, ACT primary schools, out-of-school care and specialist training must have at least one vaccine dose. By November 29, this staff must be fully vaccinated. The spokeswoman said fewer than five employees had indicated they had a medical exemption. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: While most have complied with the mandate, a number of teachers have expressed outrage. Last month, a letter signed by 79 school and early childhood educators who opposed the mandate was circulated to ACT politicians. The mandate has also prompted Charnwood-Dunlop school principal Rob Lans to take time off from work. Sir. Lans expressed opposition to the vaccine in a video featuring One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts. ACT’s head of health Dr. Kerryn Coleman has previously said the mandate may end when vaccines are available to children under 12. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and the shutdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. 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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