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Australia to tighten booster shot rules for aviation workers

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The Australian government is considering changing the vaccination requirements for frontline airline personnel.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australian media on January 9, 2022, that the government is considering making more modifications to vaccine mandates and the current isolation regime for frontline aviation workers.

Fully-vaccinated aviation employees assigned to high-risk frontline workers, such as medical staff and teachers, will soon have their current vaccine mandate extended to include a third dosage, thanks to new laws.

To relieve the strain generated by the epidemic on different businesses and supply chains, the government is considering altering “close contact” requirements for frontline airline personnel.

Close contacts are required to undergo a COVID-19 test and isolate for seven days under current protocol. As a result, flights have been canceled and supply chains have been disrupted across Australia.

Even if they have been exposed to the virus, the new rules will allow fully-vaccinated aviation staff to leave isolation and return to their responsibilities as long as they show no signs of COVID-19.

 

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