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One million Victorian workers must now be fully COVID vaccinated as deadline hits on Friday

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About one million Victorian workers must now be fully vaccinated to continue working after a major vaccination deadline passed overnight.

All those in jobs on the state’s authorised worker list were required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, November 26.

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Industries on the list include the AFL and other professional athletes, lawyers, journalists, mining workers, court staff and personal trainers.

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It comes as the Services Vic app is updated to allow parents and guardians to add their children’s vaccination certificates.

Previously, parents had to carry printouts to prove children under 14 had been vaccinated to attend places like non-essential retail stores and events.

Healthcare worker prepares Pfizer vaccine shot.
About one million Victorian staff must now be fully vaccinated now the mandate deadline has passed. Credit: AAP

But the app now allows dependents to be added, so a child’s digital vaccination certificate can be included with their parent’s or guardian’s.

Foster carers will also be able to add a kid’s certificate to their app, as long as they have access to the child’s Medicare account.

Young people aged over 14 can have their own Medicare account and can therefore share their digital certificate on the Services Vic app in the same way as adults.

Victoria passed a major vaccination threshold on Thursday, with more than 90 per cent of all people aged over 12 now fully vaccinated.

The health department announced late on Thursday that the state’s domestic travel permit and traffic light system had ended, with anyone from all states and territories now allowed to enter regardless of their vaccination status.

Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said the permits, which were introduced in January 2021, were “designed for a time before we had a vaccine” to prevent virus incursion from other states and territories.

A tram is seen outside of Finders Street Station in Melbourne.
A tram is seen outside of Finders Street Station in Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

“Now we are a highly vaccinated society and there are fewer cases interstate, the risk is much lower,” he said.

While Victoria still has active COVID-19 cases in the community, with 1254 fresh infections reported on Thursday, the department said the permit system was “no longer a proportionate response”.

The change means border bubbles come to an end and international travellers who complete quarantine in another state won’t need a permit.

However, international arrivals and aircrew will still be required to abide by permit provisions.

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