NSW Police Announce Vaccine Mandate for All Employees
All New South Wales Police employees will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under a new mandate announced on Tuesday.
The move was prompted by a significant uptick in Delta variant cases across the state in recent weeks, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian warning NSW is yet to see the peak in infections.
The threat of the virus to staff and the broader community has been recognised as too great a risk, NSW Police confirmed in a statement.
NSW recorded 1,220 new COVID cases on Tuesday where Ms Berejiklian encouraged vaccine uptake as the state edges towards the 70 per cent double dose mark.
NSW Police has announced a vaccine mandate for all employees prompted by the “significant risk” posed by the Delta strain.
Corporate Services Deputy Commissioner Karen Webb APM said the Delta strain posed a “significant risk to police officers”.
“Each day, we ask our officers to front up perform their vital policing functions in this extremely challenging environment,” she said.
The vaccine program will be rolled out with the following rules:
- All NSW Police Force members must have received at least one dose by September 30.
- All NSW Police Force members must have received two doses by September 30.
- Evidence of vaccination will be required to guide deployment, welfare and safety management.
“The only way to face the risk is by ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are administered to all staff,” Deputy Commissioner Webb said.
“At last count, more than 17,000 police employees had already been fully or partially vaccinated. When we have full vaccination, we can ensure we provide a safe workplace for all.”
Several NSW Police employees have contracted the virus in the latest outbreak forcing an undisclosed number of officers and staff into isolation.
In a statement provided to Sky News Australia, a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed the infections were obtained “either while being exposed while undertaking their duties or while off-duty”.
All NSW Police employees will be required to have received one dose of a COVID vaccine by September 30 under a new mandate.
“All affected staff, including those identified as potential close and casual contacts, are being managed in line with requirements in the Public Health Orders,” the spokesperson continued.
The spokesperson said health and workplace guidelines are being followed and deep cleaning had been carried out at “all affected police premises”.
“The NSW Police Force has a highly mobile workforce with the capability to quickly deploy officers as required, ensuring business continuity arrangements are in place,” they said.