Victorian Education Minister James Merlino has announced a vaccine requirement for all staff in all Victorian schools – government, Catholic and independent – and early childhood education and care settings.

“Vaccination will be a requirement of work, via CHO direction under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act,” Mr Merlino said.

He said the requirement will mean staff working in these settings will need to obtain their first dose of COVID vaccine by October 18 and their second dose by November 29.

He said the reasoning for this includes that children under 12 are currently unable to receive the vaccine.

“This protects staff, it protects students, it protects our children’s’ families.”

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