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Staff forced to go to Sydney for priority jab

Central Coast school staff and early childcare workers will be forced to travel to-and-from The Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park to be provided priority vaccinations from the week beginning September 6th.

7 September 2021

 

UNDER the NSW Government’s return to school rollout, school staff are required to be vaccinated by November 8.

Many school staff are already frustrated with the lack of access to the vaccine and fear being unable to work as the supply of Pfizer vaccines continues to struggle with the demand.

 

Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford, urges all school staff to get vaccinated where possible but says the Qudos Bank Arena location is yet another example of the Berejiklain Government’s Sydney-centric focus and their pattern of putting Coasties last.

 

“We all want face-to-face learning to resume in a safe environment for our students, staff and teachers, but it is ridiculous for the Berejiklian Government to mandate this without ensuring that teaching staff on the Central Coast are actually able to get vaccinated here on the Coast,” said Ms Tesch.

 

“Coasties are being forced to take the time to travel to-and-from Homebush just to get the priority vaccines that they need. Asking school and early childcare staff to travel through red zones and risk both their health as well as police questioning is just reprehensible.

 

“With the staggered return of students beginning from the 25th October, I am very worried that many teachers won’t be fully vaccinated in time and unable to return to the classroom.”

 

Ms Tesch has called for an alternative site on the Central Coast for teaching staff to get vaccinated.

 

“Why is it so difficult for the Government to give us a safe and close-to-home place to get the jab for teachers?" Ms Tesch said.

 

“It is simply not good enough, and I continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our teachers on the Central Coast are not forgotten again by the Liberal Government.

 

“These are also the genuine concerns of HSC students on the Coast, who want to do the right thing and get the jab.

 

“As a former teacher, it is tough to see all the challenges our teachers and students have gone through, and it is a kick in the teeth to put them in this stressful situation with little help.”

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