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Mandatory Vaccination Deadline Looms as Australian State Faces Hospital Staffing Crisis

The New South Wales (NSW) health system could lose one in ten workers who have not received the COVID-19 jab as the vaccination deadline inches closer.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant announced yesterday that 88 percent of the state’s health workers had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 14 September.

That’s a 4 percent increase since September 2, and Chant is pushing the rest of the workforce to get vaccinated.

Under public health orders, all healthcare workers must receive their first dose by September 30 and a second dose by November 30, 2021; Otherwise, they will be pitched down.

“I truly believe that health workers will put the interests of their patients and the interests of their own health” [first], and I believe we will get a lot more vaccine coverage,” Chant said.

“Our health workers are seeing the consequences of COVID infection, day by day. They are seeing patients in the ICU, listening to stories, and I would be very surprised if we would have a lot of hesitation in our healthcare workers,” Chant said.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant speaks to the media during a press conference on August 24, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Joel Caret – Poole/Getty Images)

Brett Holmes, general secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA), told The Australian that his surveys showed that about 6 percent of nurses were against receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, but many would prefer to receive the vaccine rather than lose their jobs. Will do

He also warned of the additional struggle that hospitals would experience if nurses who refused vaccinations were not allowed to work.

“There will be an impact on employees, which clearly we’re holding our breath about,” Holmes said. “They have to find a way to cut services. And if a crisis arises, they will have to call on more private hospital staff to help.”

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The NSW government is expecting COVID-19 cases to peak in October, meaning health workers and services will be further strained if hospitals lose more staff.

The NSWNMA is calling on the state government to fast-track the remainder of the employed nursing and midwifery workforce to help ease pressure on existing departments.

“[The] The record number of children, and the highest number of elective surgeries ever for the quarter, and the unprecedented demand on our healthcare workforce are evident, Holmes said in a statement.

“The government must bring forward the rest of its planned workforce to ‘boost’ and better support the growing number of exhausted and burned out nurses and midwives who have continued to fight under increasing pressure,” he said.

Meanwhile, the national deadline for mandatory aged care vaccinations is approaching September 17.

One week from the deadline, September 10, 90 percent of the aged care workforce reached the first dose.

Health Services Association President Gerard Hayes called on the federal government to extend the deadline by about two to four weeks.

“They can’t afford to hire the 5 to 10 percent of aged care workers,” Hayes told The Guardian. “It’s already subject to workforce shortages as we all know.”

Rebecca Zhu

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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