Human rights implications of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in Victoria
In a media release dated 1 October 2021, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that all workers on the authorised worker list will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be able to work onsite. All authorised workers need to receive their first vaccine dose by 15 October and will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November.
An extremely long list of “authorised workers” are now required to be vaccinated, including marriage celebrants, personal trainers, emergency service workers, public sector employees, religious workers, and many others. All authorised workers who do not comply with the vaccination requirement will not be permitted to attend their place of employment but will have to work from home or lose their jobs.
This requirement has potentially severe consequences for the human rights of workers in Victoria.