Vaccination obligations for truck drivers to South Australia

South Australia (SA) has imposed vaccination obligations on all truck drivers and other freight workers entering the state by road after many cases of COVID-19 were associated with the transport sector.

Many of the recent incidents reported at SA were related to truck drivers passing through the state.

Beginning Thursday, October 7, all commercial transport and freight workers entering SA by road from Australia’s metropolitan area, New South Wales, or Victoria must show evidence of at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Must be.

From late August to early September, the SA government has spoken out about immunization of transport workers, especially those moving from high-risk areas to SA.

Prime Minister Stephen Marshall said changes were needed following a number of recent incidents involving freight carriers.

“In the last few weeks, seven, eight, and perhaps nine truck drivers have brought Delta Variant to South Australia,” he said. “Therefore, this is a major priority. We hope that all drivers will adhere to that direction.”

Beginning October 11, the new rules will also apply to other categories of important travelers, including first aid personnel, remote and professional workers, diplomatic and consular staff.

In addition, all travelers must test negative for COVID-19 72 hours before arrival or within 12 hours of crossing the SA border.

After spending some time in Victoria, new steps are being taken as concerns continue about the case of a woman in Mount Gambier who has been tested positive for the virus.

The incident imposed strict new restrictions on the Council Area around Mount Gambier and Southeastern SA from October 4th.

The new restriction rule included a strict density rule. The limit of two visitors per house prohibits private events and sporting activities.

The new limit is valid for at least 7 days.

So far, there are no new cases from SA associated with women.

Since October 6, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in South Australia, and there are currently four active cases.

In the state, 70.4 percent of people over the age of 16 are first vaccinated, and 52.4 percent of people over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated.

Marina Chan