Bayside Council is working to ensure Council front-line staff, classified as essential workers during COVID-19, receive priority status in the early stages of Australia’s vaccination program.
Major Joe Awada tabled a Mayoral Minute at last night’s Council Meeting urging Council to ensure that local government front-line staff will be recognised when the priority groups for vaccination against COVID-19 are determined.
“Overall planning for an Australian COVID-19 vaccine program is well underway,” Mayor Joe Awada said.
“The Australian Government is developing its strategy for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and program delivery including identifying and defining priority groups eligible to receive the first rounds of COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.
“Our front-line staff are also in this essential service category in terms of the services they provide such as waste collection and cleansing of our city; the amenity and maintenance of our open spaces for the enjoyment of all; and the continued provision of childcare at our facilities.”
Bayside Council will now contact LGNSW and Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to ensure that local government front-line staff are recognised when the priority groups for vaccination against COVID-19 are determined.