The 4,000 workers who have refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 amount to around three per cent of the total health work force in Queensland.
Speaking on Monday Ms D’Ath said there were 7,000 people who were yet to be fully vaccinated but 3,000 were on long service or maternity leave.
The Health Minister claimed she was confident the work force of 110,000 could cope with the loss saying “we expected this.”
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“There will be some disruptions, but we are managing those disruptions… we have been planning for this,” she said.
“We have a number of staff who will now go through a show-cause process and we will put in place measures to manage any workforce shortages that might occur.”
Under Queensland’s current guidelines anyone working in the state’s healthcare system must have received their first dose by September 30 and a second dose by late October.
The 4,000 who do not fill this criteria will be asked to explain why they have not received the vaccine and then be suspended with immediate effect.
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“There are 7,000 health workers who have not come forward saying they are vaccinated, but 3,000 of those are on [long service or maternity] leave,” Ms D’Ath said.
“There are 4,000 who have not been vaccinated and will be given their show cause and will be suspended with full pay.
“I have every confidence that these numbers [of vaccinated health care workers] will continue to grow each day, just as we saw when we mandated vaccinations with our aged care workers.”
Ms D’Ath said more than 92 per cent of state health workers have had one dose and all aged care workers had received one dose and 96.3 per cent were fully vaccinated.
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She said full immunisation was important ahead of an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases when the state opens the border to the vaccinated in December.
“It’s about keeping our staff safe, and our patients and visitors safe and making sure we have the staff, so that when we do start getting those cases that we will get, that we have the staff who are vaccinated,” Ms D’Ath said.
It is not yet known how long the unvaccinated workers will be suspended on a full salary.
As of October 31, 77.8 per cent of the Queensland population had received their first dose while 64.1 per cent had received their second dose.

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