The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is checking records to find employees who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine and may face disciplinary action.
the main points:
- Police officers and QPS staff have been told to get the first dose of vaccine by October 4
- A number of staff resigned over the vaccine mandate, but the deputy commissioner said “numbers were low”
- The mandate will help maintain a healthy workforce and “appropriate police services”
The deadline for officers and staff to get at least a first dose of the vaccination passed on Monday.
She said a “significant majority of QPS members” had committed to the vaccine mandate but work was underway to identify those who had not.
“QPS is working through internal records as a priority to identify members who have not been vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption,” QPS said in a statement.
Police Commissioner Katharina Carroll said the mandate was to help maintain a healthy workforce and maintain “appropriate police services”.
“As a frontline service agency, we are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than most professions, and unfortunately we have seen police officers die as a result of the virus around the world, including 90 officers in the UK alone,” she said. She said.
Some employees resigned because of the mandate
Deputy Commissioner Steve Golchowski confirmed that a number of QPS employees have resigned due to the vaccine mandate.
“Some people have quit and those numbers change on a daily basis, but the numbers are low,” he said.
“I’m saying a handful from every district across the state – we’re collecting those numbers as we speak at the moment – we’ll have a clearer view later in the week.”
Early last month, Commissioner Carroll directed all police officers and staff to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 4 and the second by January 24, 2022.
Last week, seven officers were granted a brief delay in the rule compliance requirement, after the mandate was challenged in the Supreme Court.
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