Service workers in Australia’s Northern Territory will be required to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Shopkeepers, tourist guides and barbers are among the many groups of workers who will be required to get vaccinated, as part of one of the world’s most far-reaching vaccine mandates.
The mandate was introduced after Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner announced that anyone serving the public at work must be vaccinated to do so amid concerns over low vaccine rates.
Although over 80% of the region’s adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, Gunner said that there was “patches of concern” and communities where people are hesitant or refusing the vaccine.
Gunner stated, “I am making sure we do everything possible to get everyone vaccinated,”.
Anyone working with the public must be fully vaccinated by Christmas Eve or face a $5,000 fine or instant dismissal.
Vaccines have also been made mandatory for healthcare workers and teachers in other parts of Australia.
IMAGE – Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)