Victoria’s construction workers have just one day until they are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue working on site.

The state’s chief health officer issued a warning that several vaccination deadlines are “approaching”, in a statement on Thursday.

The controversial mandate, which sparked violent protests across Melbourne in September, requires all tradies to have had two doses of a vaccine by Saturday November 13 to continue working on Victorian construction sites.

The deadline for residential aged care workers is also fast-approaching, as they must be fully vaccinated by Monday November 15 to continue working.

The state’s chief health officer issued a warning that several vaccination deadlines are “approaching”, in a statement on Thursday.
The state’s chief health officer issued a warning that several vaccination deadlines are “approaching”, in a statement on Thursday. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

About one million of Victoria’s essential workers will be required to be double-jabbed by November 26.

Anyone with a valid medical exemption will be able to continue working.

The Department of Health has also noted a change to requirements for fully vaccinated international travellers and aircrew arriving in the state.

In an update on Twitter, the department said anyone wanting to enter Victoria from overseas must obtain an international COVID-19 vaccination certificate or proof of a medical exemption.

Additionally, those aged over 12 must have tested negative for COVID-19 no earlier than 72 hours before departure to Victoria and must have applied for an international passenger travel permit via Services Victoria.

Upon arrival, travellers and crew must be tested for coronavirus within 24 hours and evidence of all of the above must be carried with them for 14 days.

Victoria reported another 1313 COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Thursday, as the state government announced some elective surgeries will resume.

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Victoria’s vaccination mandate for construction workers sparked violent protests in Melbourne. Credit: AAP

Private hospital and day procedure centres in Melbourne and Geelong will scale up to 50 per cent of their elective surgery list from Monday.

Non-urgent procedures had been put on hold to increase the state’s coronavirus capacity.

The change comes as COVID-19 hospitalisations begin to stabilise. There are now 457 people in hospital with the virus, with 79 in intensive care and 48 on a ventilator.

Victoria’s construction workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID on Saturday
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