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NSW will make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for all health workers, with a proposal to require first doses by September 30.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard will sign a public health order in the coming days requiring compulsory vaccination after reaching an agreement with the state’s peak medical groups representing hundreds of thousands of workers.

The decision to introduce the mandate comes after the state recorded a COVID-19 transmission event in a hospital every day for the past two weeks.

Under the order, health care workers will be required to receive their first dose of a vaccine by September 30 and their second dose by November 30.

All workers will be required to give evidence of their vaccination status to their employer. However, they will be able to seek an exemption if they lodge a certified medical reason by September 16.

The mandate will apply to doctors, nurses, and health staff as well as cleaners, administrative staff and all workers in front-facing roles.

For the Full Story published in the Sydney Morning Herald by Lucy Cormack and Lucy Carroll follow the link