Union win: Vaccine priority for all school staff in hotspots
All school staff and early childhood teachers now have priority vaccination status in the 11 local government areas (LGAs) of concern for COVID-19 in greater Sydney. They are: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Paramatta and Strathfield. Many suburbs around Penrith are also included (see below).
The IEU has been pushing since January for priority vaccination status for school and early childhood staff. This latest announcement is welcome, but it is high time the government gave priority status to all school and early childhood staff throughout NSW.
“The health and safety of our school and early childhood staff is of the utmost importance,” IEUA NSW/ACT Secretary Mark Northam said.
All staff must also be granted access to paid vaccination leave. “A pandemic cannot be managed by desperately trying to book a vaccination appointment before or after work – it’s completely unreasonable,” Northam said.
“It’s time for employers to step up and support their staff by providing paid vaccination leave. Workers in schools and early childhood settings are already giving their all to make things work for children during these difficult times. Let’s take away the burden of having to ask for time off for vaccinations a well.”
School staff in the priority LGAs can now book appointments, as well as those in the following suburbs of Penrith: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
You will need proof of address and proof of employment in education when attending the appointment.
Those aged 16-39 years can book in for the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone aged 18+ can book in for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Staff must not attend a vaccination appointment if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.
For bookings click here.