Chiropractors and Osteopaths now subject to mandatory vaccination direction
On 8 November 2021, the South Australian State Co-ordinator amended the healthcare public health direction (which mandates vaccination for a range of allied health professionals) to extend the operation of the direction to people who work in a “chiropractic therapy setting” or a “osteopathy setting”.
Anyone working in either of those settings will not be permitted to work after 6 December 2021 unless they have received:
- both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination by that date; or
- their first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccination by that date and have a booking to receive their second dose.
The updated direction applies to anyone who attends a chiropractic or osteopathic setting in the course of their work, including clinical staff, administrative staff, cleaners, suppliers and delivery drivers. The circumstances in which a person may be eligible to obtain a medical exemption from the requirement to be vaccinated remains limited.
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