Most NT public servants vaccinated as deadline for staff to be stood down looms

By Jackson Graham

Tuesday November 16, 2021

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Parliament House Northern Territory. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

Only a fraction of NT public servants haven’t had their first COVID-19 vaccination, after mandates for workers came into effect on the weekend. 

Chief minister Michael Gunner said at a press conference that most frontline staff in the public service have now received at least one dose.

The actual figure is close to 97%, according to NT News, with about 700 workers in the 22,000-strong public service yet to receive a jab. 

The coverage is higher than in the general population over 16 years old, which stands at 84% for people with at least a first dose.

The newspaper reported a small fraction of those 700 workers had medical reasons that made them exempt from being vaccinated. 

“It’s no surprise to me that we have an excellent vaccine rate in our public service,” Gunner said.

“Our public servants care about the Territory, and they want to play their part to protect the vulnerable.”

The government has created a deadline for public servants to get their first vaccination dose or be stood down without pay from 5pm Tuesday.

The government says the time frame complies with the Public Sector Employment and Management Act, which requires public servants be given written notice of proposed action and be given a reasonable opportunity to show why the action should not be taken. 

Meanwhile, the Katherine and Robinson River entered a snap 72-hour lockdown at 6pm on Monday night after two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in a remote Aboriginal community.


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