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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 937 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 November 2021 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon P. Papalia
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — VACCINATIONS — POLICE

937. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

(1) Is it a requirement that police staff, not police officers, be fully vaccinated?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) If yes to (1), how many police staff, not police officers, are not vaccinated?

(4) Are there any circumstances whereby police staff, not police officers, are exempt from being fully vaccinated?

(5) If yes to (4), what are these circumstances?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

Western Australia Police Force advise the following.

(1) Yes—unless medically exempt.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) At this time, 192 have not yet been vaccinated.

(4) Yes.

(5) The direction authorised pursuant to the Western Australian Public Health Act 2016 will enable police personnel to either seek a medical exemption via the Australian Immunisation Register or a temporary exemption via the Western Australian Chief Health Officer.