I am a health care worker or health support worker who is subject to the Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions. However, I have vaccine hesitancy. What should I do?
The Pfizer vaccine which will be available to all health care workers and health support workers subject to the Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions. This means that if you are aged 60 and over, and had been hesitant to get AstraZeneca vaccine, you will now be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, as will every health care worker and health support worker in WA, regardless of age.
If you have already received your first dose of AstraZeneca, you will be required to get your second dose of the vaccine to comply with the Directions. Both vaccines have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they are safe before being made available to people in Western Australia. The Australian Government is responsible for selecting and purchasing vaccines. Vaccines will only be available to Australians once proven safe and effective for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
If you have remaining vaccine hesitancy, you are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 vaccine mythbusters FAQs on the HealthyWA website and to discuss with your employer, union and support networks.