The Australian Northern Territory has threatened a fine of $5,000 (€3,200) and instant dismissal from one’s job for anyone working with the public who does not receive the Covid-19 vaccine by November 13th.
The region’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner said there were “patches of concern” for the government in the form of individuals who were refusing the jab.
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“Anyone serving the public at work will have to be vaccinated,” said Gunner.
“You work in hospitality – you need to get the jab. Retail or a supermarket – you need to get the jab. If you are behind the counter at a bank or receptionist, you need to get the jab. A barber, hairdresser, beauty therapist – you need to get the jab…if you are a frontline worker in the economy, that means you must be vaccinated.”
Gunner added: “Of course there can be exemptions, but these are extremely narrow, and must be backed up with medical evidence. Simply not wanting the vaccine is not a reason.
“You can’t hold people down and stick a needle in their arm. It is their choice and some are choosing against it.”
He added that by Saturday the 13th of November, if a person has not received at least one dose of the vaccine, “you will not be permitted to attend your workplace in that role, and a failure to comply with the direction is a $5,000 fine.”
“You have 30 days,” he concluded.
Australia’s Northern Territory is over 2000 times the size of Ireland, and to date, over 80% of the region’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The region has seen only 214 Covid cases since the pandemic began and no deaths.