“No jab, no work”: Retirement village operator makes vaccines compulsory for contractors

Heath care worker visiting resident

However, one Queensland retirement village operator has made vaccines compulsory for all contractors visiting its site.

Contractors will have to prove they have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination jab to be allowed on site at Queensland’s Elements retirement village from September 1, 2021.

As reported by Inside Ageing, the aged care provider has introduced the measure to protect the safety of staff and residents.

Elements’ Managing Director, Chiou See Anderson, told Inside Ageing the village has between 30 and 50 contractors visit every month.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for residential aged care workers from September 17, but staff working in retirement villages will not have the same requirement.

“While the mandate may not extend to residents like ours, it doesn’t make them any less vulnerable,” Anderson said.

Anderson said Elements’ staff have volunteered to become fully vaccinated “at the earliest possible opportunity”.

Now the provider is requesting contractors to also get the jab.

The chair of Elements Residents’ Committee, Ian Smythe, said residents support the move, especially as the highly infectious Delta strain spreads through NSW and Victoria.

Local plumber Marc Melville of Luzac Plumbing told Inside Ageing he supports the move.

“I think business owners should lead by example, get vaccinated and encourage their staff to be vaccinated. 

“The sooner we do that the sooner we can all get back to normal life.”

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  1. You are not going to get back to Normal life.

    This is not about the virus it’s about control. You can still contract carry and pass on the virus FULLY VACCINATED. Read the CDC website. You are ruining people’s livelihoods. I’ve been working in Aged Care for 16 years for the same company and I will be sacked in two week due to not taking the experimental vaccine. The do gooders don’t know what harm you are doing. Wake up for f sake.

    If the vaccine is trustworthy, why do you need every one else to have it? If you have been vaccinated, you are safe right? Right?

    1. It’s completely unjust, illegal and immoral – and you’re absolutely right – it’s about control, not a deadly virus. If that were the case, why have 7 million Melbournians been locked down for so long?
      It’s not about a deadly virus, because there have only been 2 deaths all year in Victoria.

      All media and the government want us to focus on is the number of ‘cases’ – and provide no detail regarding how many of those are even serious, as most are mild. And why this fixation on cases – because the number of deaths is negligible.

      Stay strong James – there’s a better career for you in the NDIS sector.
      Leaving aged care was the best thing I ever did

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