Vic records 71 new cases

Victoria has recorded 71 new COVID-19 cases overnight, with 49 linked to existing cases.

Victorian Public sector employees, including health workers, teachers and police can access up to half a day’s paid time off to get each dose of the vaccine, Health Minister Martin Foley has announced.

Foley said the Government hoped the move encouraged private sector and local government employers to consider similar incentives.

There are 322,000 state government public sector full time and part time workers in Victoria, with about 50,000 in public service roles within eight portfolios.

“The new arrangements apply to full-time and part-time staff and long-term and regular casuals at departments and administrative offices, statutory authorities, government schools, TAFE institutes, police and emergency services, water and land management authorities and other public entities,” he said.

“All public sector workers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. The paid time off to get vaccinated applies in addition to accrued sick leave, which can be used if people experience adverse side effects.”

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