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Greens call for Government to mandate vaccines for home care workers

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The Greens say that older Australians are at significant risk without mandatory COVID -19 vaccines for all aged care workers, including those working in home care and disability care.

“It’s shocking that workers caring for a very vulnerable population in their homes, moving between many households in a day are not a priority for the vaccine rollout”, Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“So-called ‘strong encouragement’ is not enough, we urgently need a targeted blitz and the introduction of mandatory vaccines similar to residential aged care to ensure all home care workers are vaccinated.

“This Government’s complacency when it comes to the most vulnerable members of the community is reprehensible and it’s not acceptable.

“The Delta variant is in the community and poses a risk to people receiving home care, we need strong and urgent action now.”

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