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Article by: Charles Power, partner and workplace relations specialist, Holding Redlich

As the COVID-19 vaccination ramps up in Australia, an important issue for employers is whether they can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The choice to get vaccinated is a very personal one. There needs to be relevant link to the employment relationship for employers to enforce a mandatory vaccination policy.

The connection would be readily established if there is legislation in place requiring vaccination. However, there is currently no generally-applicable legislation requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.