COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for FIFO and other resources sector workers

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New public health directions make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for FIFO and other resources sector workers from December.
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FIFO (fly-in fly-out) and local workers on WA mining and resource sites, people who work in remote operations, or run critical infrastructure, including remote train and port control, must receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 12:01am 1 December 2021, and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

The new directions will address the risks posed by movement of resources sector workers to and from regional and remote locations in the State, with many mine sites located at or near remote Aboriginal communities.

Based on the latest health advice, the mandate applies to any FIFO worker in WA in mining, oil and gas and exploration, visitors to these operations, as well as all resources sector employees who work at regional and remote mine sites and other mission critical operational locations including remote operations. For example, a Perth-based remote operator of a Hedland mining train.

It will be the responsibility of employers to collect and maintain records of vaccinated workers, and aligned with other mandatory vaccination directions, there are provisions for exemptions for approved medical reasons.

The move to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for resources sector workers follows similar mandates in other industries including ports, transport, freight and logistics, healthcare and aged care.

The Perth Airport clinic, operating in partnership with Rio Tinto for FIFOs is opening Monday, 11 October to provide added convenience for people who can easily access the COVID-19 vaccine on their way to or from work.

As well as resources sector workers, all eligible Western Australians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Everyone aged over 12 years is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.

People can visit Roll up for WA (external link) to register and book their vaccination appointments now.