The first phase of vaccinations will start in Tasmania on 23 February 2021. The vaccine is safe, effective and free.
All Tasmanians are encouraged to be vaccinated, but when you will get a vaccine depends on COVID risk factors like: your age, your job and your health. Find information about the Tasmanian vaccination rollout at coronavirus.tas.gov.au (external link).
For Tasmanian employers and workers, information about your obligations under Tasmania’s work health and safety laws and how these relate to COVID-19 vaccines is available at Safe Work Australia (external link).
This information can help you to assess whether a COVID 19 vaccine is a reasonably practicable control measure to manage the risks of COVID-19 in your workplace. However, while this is a decision you will need to make taking into account your workplace, most employers will not need to make vaccination mandatory to comply with the model WHS laws.
A safe and effective vaccine is only one part of keeping the Australian community safe and healthy. To meet your duties under the model WHS laws and minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in your workplace, you must continue to apply all reasonably practicable COVID-19 control measures including physical distancing, good hygiene and regular cleaning and maintenance and ensuring your workers do not attend work if they are unwell. You must also comply with any public health directions that apply to you and your workplace.
If you need information on COVID-19 and Australian workplace laws, go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website (external link), where you will also find information on matters including giving directions to workers, leave entitlements and termination of employment.