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SA police handed mandatory vaccination order

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Police officers in South Australia must have their first COVID-19 vaccination by November 15 to continue working after a SAPOL directive issued yesterday.

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The ruling will also apply all SAPOL staff including anyone working in a police station, police custodial facility or any other premises controlled by South Australia Police, including public sector employees.

The SAPOL staff will also need to have made a booking to receive a second dose and provide proof of their vaccination status upon request.

A South Australia Police worker is not required to have evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination if they have a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner and the certificate specifies the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies.

The medical certificate also needs to be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate with a copy provided to the relevant officer in charge.

The vaccination rule will come into effect just eight days before the state’s borders are expected to reopen to Victoria and New South Wales on November 23.

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