Bombshell court battle over mandatory Covid vaccines no employee in NSW should get the jab – as lawyers for Brad Hazzard make very tactful disclosure
- Government lawyers admit key figures are not facing mandatory Covid jabs
- They say the jabs are just a way to get exempt from some lockdown laws
- Workers can choose not to be vaccinated, but then remain in strict lockdown
- A group of 10 people have sued NSW’s health minister over Covid rules
- They claim they are being discriminated against and question the safety of Covid shots
Teachers and aged care workers won’t be forced to get a Covid vaccine, government lawyers have urged, but simply won’t be able to take advantage of waivers on the stay-at-home orders offered to the double jab.
If workers in key industries choose not to be pinned, it could temporarily limit their ability to work, lawyers for NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard admitted to the Supreme Court.
They claimed that those who choose to get stabbed only get some of the excuses Lockdown restrictions – meaning those who refuse the vaccine cannot enjoy the same freedoms.
A group of 10 people — including a teacher, health worker and mechanic — are trying to overturn rules that require teachers and aged care workers to be vaccinated before returning to work.
Teachers and aged care workers will not face mandatory Covid vaccine shots, government attorneys for NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard (pictured) have admitted
The NSW Supreme Court (pictured) heard that if workers in key industries choose not to be stabbed, it could temporarily limit their ability to work – but punches were not thrust upon them
They say the NSW state government is forcing some workers to be vaccinated against their will in order to go to work.
They are also fighting against laws requiring authorized workers to prove they have been stung before they can leave Sydney’s coronavirus hotspots.
Lawyers for the group told prosecutor Robert Beech-Jones on Tuesday that the orders were an attempt to force their clients to get vaccinated.
They say the orders discriminate against a minority group and that Mr Hazzard did not have the power to sign them.
But the NSW state government has hit back at the claims, saying no one will be forced to get stabbed, only that those who are will be exempted from some of the restrictions.
A group of 10 people – including a teacher, a health worker and a mechanic – are trying to overturn rules mandating vaccination for some key workers (pictured, a Pfizer Covid dose delivered Monday in Sydney)
Mr Hazzard’s lawyer Jeremy Kirk told the court the case was not about vaccine mandates and that the lockdown rules were only a temporary restriction on movement.
But, he said, workers could avoid some of those restrictions if they choose to get vaccinated.
“There is no requirement for vaccination,” Mr Kirk said. ‘There is a condition to the exception (to those who stay at home) that people may or may not make use of.’
Kirk said the state likely had the power to force people to get vaccinated if “a terrible disease” as Ebola threatens society.
Teachers, as pictured here, and caregivers in NSW must be vaccinated before November 8 or they will not be allowed on the premises of educational facilities
But, he said, “Your Honor doesn’t have to decide that.”
Workers’ lawyers have also launched an attack on the safety and effectiveness of the Covid vaccines.
But Mr. Kirk dismissed their arguments, saying Mr. Hazzard shouldn’t listen to anti-vaxxers if there is clear evidence to support public health regulations.
He also refuted the plaintiffs’ claims that their “fundamental rights” are being violated.
Lawyers for NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard say workers, like the aged care worker pictured here, who choose to be stung will be excused just some of the lockdown restrictions
‘Is there economic pressure? Yes,” Mr. Kirk replied.
‘But… there are real choices to be made. That there are real choices to be made is illustrated by the 10 claimants who made that choice.’
Teachers and social workers in NSW must be vaccinated before November 8, otherwise they are not allowed on the grounds of educational institutions.
Elderly care workers must also have received at least one dose by the end of the month.
Health professionals have until the end of November to receive both doses.
The Supreme Court will continue to hear the final proposals in the case on Wednesday.