Principals hope unvaccinated teachers will relieve crippling staff shortages

Principals are banking on unvaccinated teachers to relieve crippling staff shortages.

Unvaccinated Victorian teachers will be free to return to the classroom from midnight tomorrow after the COVID-19 triple-vaccine mandate for school staff expires.

Teachers will be allowed to return to all mainstream schools, but the mandate remains in force in specialist and non-government schools.

Teachers will be allowed to return to all mainstream schools, but the mandate remains in force in specialist schools. (Getty)

Berwick Lodge Primary Principal Henry Grossek welcomed the change. 

“We are down on staff by about 30 per cent every single day,” he said.

The change will also ease the pressures on substitute teachers across the city and the regions. 

Bendigo’s Catherine McAuley College had to cancel class for years 7 and 11 today. 

Tomorrow the whole school will shut.

“With the change of the regulations around vaccination, hopefully that will mitigate some of those shortages that we’ve experienced,” the college’s Principal Brian Turner said.

Berwick Lodge Primary Principal Henry Grossek welcomed the change.  (Nine)

At the time, The Department of Education and Training said 99.2 per cent of staff had had three doses.

Parents will not be informed of teachers’ vaccination status and no one at the school will have access to that information.

“Parents do not have the right to ask for this information and no one at the school should have this information,” an information sheet for principals seen by The Age states.

“Principals do not hold information about the vaccination status of staff or students.”

It comes after 351 education staff were fired in April for not getting the jab and a further 280 staff were stood down for failing to get a third jab.

The latter can now return to their roles, while those who were let go can search for a new job.

In Victoria, 68.1 per cent of people 16 and over have received three COVID-19 vaccine doses, while 94.6 per cent of residents 12 and over are double-vaccinated. (AP) (AP)
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Changes to isolation rules, face mask requirements and the state’s vaccine mandates will come into effect from 11.59pm on Friday, June 24.

The essential worker vaccine mandate will be eased for a number of industries – with the exception of healthcare workers who work with the vulnerable.

“To continue to protect the most vulnerable through winter, workers who interact with a vulnerable person will still require three COVID-19 vaccine doses,” a statement from the Victorian Government said.

“This includes residential aged care and disability care, healthcare, and custodial and emergency services, including police.”

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