A senior barrister says employers must play a lead role in Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program and may have both a legal right and a duty to require employees to get vaccinated.
Arthur Moses, SC, a former president of the Law Council of Australia and the NSW Bar Association, said state and territory governments would be forced to “resort to that blunt instrument of virus suppression, the lockdown” until a “significant majority” of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19.
The importance of employers in the vaccination rollout “should not be underestimated,” he told a legal conference on Friday, and their role was critical in the absence of Commonwealth laws mandating that people get the jab.
“Speaking to radio station 3AW on 19 August 2020, the Prime Minister said that his government would make the COVID-19 vaccine ‘as mandatory as you can possibly make it’. Speaking to 2GB a few hours later, he said in response to a concerned caller: ‘can I be really clear to everyone? It is not going to be compulsory to have the vaccine … there are no compulsory vaccines in Australia’,” Mr Moses said.
Source : https://www.smh.com.au/national/employers-may-have-legal-right-to-require-staff-to-get-vaccinated-top-silk-20210730-p58een.html495