Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for Western Australian ‘at risk’ port workers

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New public health directions make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for WA port workers who board or work with vessels that are exposed to COVID-19.
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It will soon be mandatory for Western Australian port workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can access and undertake some roles on vessels that are exposed to the virus.

The new Exposed Port Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions address the risks posed by exposed vessels. These are subject to the Exposed On-Board Worker Directions (No. 2).

Mandatory vaccinations will be introduced in a staged approach to limit any impact on port activities.

Workers will need to have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access an exposed vessel, carry out a service in connection with an exposed vessel or interact with crew members by Friday 15 October.

Workers will need to be fully vaccinated by Friday 12 November.

To make it easier for port workers to be vaccinated, a pop-up vaccination clinic will open at Fremantle Port on Thursday 30 September.

For more information, see the media statement (external link).

To book a COVID-19 vaccine and for more information, visit Roll up for WA (external link).

Page reviewed 22 September 2021