73,942 COVID-19 tests have been returned in the last 24 hours.
From 23:59 on 19 October, fully vaccinated persons in the New South Wales red zones, including non-Victorian residents, will not need to be quarantined for 14 days, described as the most significant revision since the introduction of the travel permit system. days upon arrival.
There are some conditions. Travelers must have tested negative within 72 hours of arriving in the state.
Like other orange zone travelers, they will need to isolate on arrival and test negative within 72 hours.
The quarantine period will remain for unvaccinated passengers.
“As the risk profile between the two states changes and both states move towards a more integrated reopening position, we have more announcements about how this will work,” Foley said. Said.
Vaccination instruction entered into force
A COVID-19 vaccine requirement has come into effect for Victorian authorized employees, and they all now need their first dose or a scheduled reservation to continue working in the field.
The Victorian government has given the state’s 1.25 million authorized employees two weeks to at least get their first coronavirus vaccine by Friday or show proof of reservation within the next week, or they would be fired.
They must then be fully vaccinated by November 26, and there are limited medical exemptions.
When his tenure was announced, most authorized workers in the state were already partially vaccinated, but it was estimated that hundreds of thousands were not.
The public health order includes retail workers, personal trainers, journalists, faith leaders, judges, police, lawyers, actors, professional athletes and many other professions.
Victoria reports record 2,297 new cases of COVID-19
Tim Piper, Victorian president of the top employers’ association Ai Group, said “V-Day” created major problems at businesses that reported workers refusing to be vaccinated.
“Workers often have been in their jobs for many years. [and] they could be key people in this business,” said Mr. Piper.
“Skilled and experienced employees are invaluable, and some businesses are trying to decide what to do.”
Reminding employers that they must send staff home if they do not follow the instruction, he reminded that employees are not entitled to be paid unless they agree to accrued annual leave or extended service leave.
Premier Daniel Andrews said his government has not apologized for COVID-19 vaccine mandates across specific industries and the entire authorized workforce.
“These powers are forcing people to do what needs to be done,” he told reporters.
Parliamentary mandate sparks heated debate
A bill passed in both houses on Thursday, a first in Australia, banning MPs and staff from state parliaments who have not been vaccinated in line with their mandate as authorized workers.
After more than two hours of fierce debate and unsuccessful amendments by the Liberal Democrats and independent MP Catherine Cumming, a government bill passed the 31st-four-to-four in the upper house on Thursday evening.
All members and staff will now have to prove they have received at least one dose of vaccine by Friday or make an appointment before October 22 to continue working in the field.
They will also need to take their second dose by November 26.
The bill passed the lower house on Thursday morning with the support of all MPs except one who argued that the requirement to show proof of punishment was “undemocratic” and “medical apartheid”.
In his speech, Mr. Angus referred to Dr Simone Gold, who led a group that spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and was accused of taking part in the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January.
Mr. Angus, the only MP in the Liberal chamber to be unvaccinated, and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy admitted he could not persuade him to get vaccinated.