Gunner announces booster shot mandate for Territory workers

by | Jan 28, 2022 | COVID-19, News | 0 comments

Double-vaccinated Territory workers will now be required to get a third “booster” jab of the COVID-19 vaccine, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has declared, under new Chief Health Officer directions.

Mr Gunner made the announcement at a press conference this morning, while providing the latest COVID-19 infection numbers for the Territory. There are currently 105 people in hospital and 940 new cases across the NT to Thursday. There are now 4200 active cases in the NT, with more than half of those in Darwin and Palmerston.

Mr Gunner said only a third of Territorians have received the booster to date.

“Two doses of the vaccine has given tens of thousands of Territorians excellent protection against severe illness – the booster shot makes sure that protection is stronger, and lasts longer,” Mr Gunner said.

“If you are eligible now, please don’t wait. Book in, boost up and give yourself and your loved ones the best shot at protection from serious illness.”

The first deadline for workers in “high-risk workplaces” is March 11.

This includes people working in hospitals and health care facilities, residential aged care facilities, disability residential facilities, correctional facilities and renal hostels, family violence shelters and sobering up shelters.

All other Territory workers who come into contact with “vulnerable people”, if their workplace “poses a high risk of infection or if their work involves maintaining critical infrastructure and logistics will need to have their booster by April 22, Mr Gunner said.

The ABC reported that nine out of 10 COVID-19 patients in NT hospitals are Indigenous.

Here are the latest NT Government figures of COVID-19 cases in communities released on Friday afternoon:

Communities under lockdown or lockout restrictions

  • 7 cases in Milikapiti
  • 30 cases in Galiwin’ku
  • 6 cases in Gunyangara
  • 8 cases in Wurrumiyanga
  • 9 cases in Amoonguna
  • 6 cases in Yuendumu

New outbreaks

  • 11 cases in Palumpa
  • 1 case in Wadeye

 On-going outbreaks

 East Arnhem

  • 11 cases in Wallaby Beach

Big Rivers

  • 1 case in Jilkmingan
  • 3 cases in Lajamanu
  • 1 case in Pine Creek
  • 13 cases in Kybrook
  • 1 case in Bulla
  • 4 cases in town camps around Katherine
  • 1 cases in Barunga
  • 3 cases in Beswick
  • 1 case in Binjari
  • 1 case in Ngukurr
  • 1 case in Kalkarindji
  • 1 case in Borroloola

Top End

  • 2 cases in Bagot Community
  • 18 cases at Garaworra Transitional Housing in Darwin

Central Australia

  • 3 cases in Utopia
  • 9 cases in Laramba
  • 1 case in Mutitjulu
  • 2 cases in Areyonga
  • 3 cases in Papunya
  • 13 cases in Ntaria
  • 10 cases in Santa Teresa
  • 3 cases in Kintore
  • 2 cases in Imanpa
  • 1 new case in Nyirripi
  • 6 cases in Docker River
  • 2 cases in Ampilatwatja
  • 42 cases at Alice Springs Correctional Centre

There are currently 105 patients in hospital, with 14 patients requiring oxygen. There are three patients in ICU.

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