QNMU encourages QH staff and Queenslanders to get vaccinated 

Published: 12 September 2021 

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) has today called on Queensland Health (QH) staff and all eligible Queenslanders to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said QH staff and Queenslanders needed to vaccinate and work together to take control during COVID-19.
“Now is the time for Queenslanders, including health care staff, to do everything in their power to take control during COVID-19,” Ms Mohle said.
“Health care staff need to vaccinate in order to protect themselves and those in their care.
"Eligible Queenslanders also need to vaccinate in order to look after their wellbeing, the wellbeing of their loved ones and the safety of those within the health system. 
"We all have obligations to each other and now is the time to demonstrate that we care for each other in a concrete and meaningful way.”
Ms Mohle urged Queenslanders played an important role in helping shape the state’s COVID-19 outcomes.
“We are not powerless in the fight on COVID-19,’’ Ms Mohle said.
“Queenslanders can take advantage of the three levers available to us. They are vaccinate, Test, Trace and Quarantine and adhering to Public Health and Social Measures such as masks, personal hygiene, lockdowns, Check In apps, limiting social gatherings and other measures.”
QH figures show 85 per cent of staff have already received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Health Minister Yvette D'Ath today announced mandatory vaccination for QH staff with a first vaccination deadline of September 30 and October 31 for the second.
The QNMU strongly encourages all nurses, midwives and Assistants in Nursing (AINs) to get vaccinated and meet evidence-based workplace immunisation requirements. These requirements must recognise that vaccination may be medically contraindicated for some individuals.
The QNMU will always recognise that individuals have the right to make personal choices about immunisation. However, there may be professional and industrial consequences for exercising that choice.  
The Washington Post yesterday reported US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports released September 10 found unvaccinated people were “more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalised, and 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated”.
The CDC reports also found unvaccinated people were 4.5 times more likely to be infected.
The QNMU has and continues to run education sessions encouraging members to discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations with those in their care. These sessions provide detailed information on the vaccines and guidance on how to discuss the topic.

QNMU members who have questions about the mandatory vaccine requirement are encouraged to read our FAQs and contact the QNMU if they have further queries. 

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