I am a health care worker or health support worker who refuses to comply with the Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions. Will I lose my job?


Question: I am a health care worker or health support worker who refuses to comply with the Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions. Will I lose my job?

The Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions create a legal requirement for the health care and health support workforce to be vaccinated in order to attend their workplace. The source of the Directions, which will come into effect at 12.01 am on 1 October 2021, are the Chief Health Officer's emergency powers as an authorised emergency officer under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA).

While the Directions do not force individual health care workers or health support workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Directions restrict access to health care facilities and prevent unvaccinated workers from entering or remaining at health care facilities from specified dates. The practical effect of these Directions require mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all health care workers and health support workers who wish to continue their employment in the health sector.

Read The Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions (PDF).