According Daily Mail Australia, hundreds of frontline workers have been forced to take time off after they refused to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 jab.
South Australia ‘s latest vaccine mandate came into effect this week, where all health workers need to have had at least one jab and show proof they’ve have had the second or booked in for the jab.
Healthcare workers who oppose the new rule held a rally in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Almost 400 SA Health staff who have refused to get the jab have been forced to take leave, according to department figures.
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More than 65 per cent of the 391 unvaccinated staff work in metropolitan local health networks, including 107 from Central Adelaide.
Another 53 work for the Barossa Hills Fleurieu health network north-east of the city while 49 are from the Riverland Mallee Coorong catchment.
The hospital most impacted is Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where 133 staff aren’t vaccinated.
‘We are not having problems in staffing areas because it’s spread pretty much across the whole network,’ hospital boss Lindsay Gough told the ABC.
However, Bernadette Mulholland from the South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association senior industrial officer disagrees as each service at the hospital is small and specialised.
‘It would be very difficult to see how that is not having a significant impact on the day-to-day operations.’
No local health network is experiencing problems in the delivery of clinical services to the community, according to health minister Stephen Wade.
He added unvaccinated staff represent per cent of the the state’s health workforce.
‘There are 391 staff who indicated they’re not going to be vaccinated. That’s out of a workforce of 46,000 – that’s less than one per cent of our workforce (including non-clinical roles), he told morning radio on Wednesday.
‘Anecdotally, I’ve heard there’s a high level of non-compliance amongst staff in non-clinical roles.’
He added staff have known for months about the vaccine mandate.
‘People knew it was coming, staff had plenty of notice, management had plenty of time to prepare,’ Mr Wade added.
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