A regional Victorian newsagent backed down on his refusal to be administered a vaccine against the Covid -19 after closing her post office, citing state health orders.
Angela Spedding, who operated the only post office de Merrigum for more than six years, said she booked a shot after learning the post office would close if she hadn't made an appointment by the end of the workweek.
"I have booked in for vaccination next week", she said.
A spokesperson for Australia Post said the license holder recently informed the organization that he would comply with the last requirement of the health ordinance. ents who a madated the vaccine for approximately 1.25 million licensed workers - including newsagents and post office workers - by Friday.
" We are happy to say the outlet will continue to operate normally, "the spokesperson said.
On Tuesday, Spedding wrote on social media that the post office should shut down and that she should also stop delivering mail, and invoked her "freedom of choice" to justify her refusal to be vaccinated.
"As for your mail, they will have another contractor but where it will go I have no idea " she said on Facebook. "I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause you all, but it is my freedom of choice.
Australia Post has denied that Spedding had been ordered to close the office but said she advised them She closed as of jThursday after discussions over its compliance with state health ordinances.
The closure of the post office in the town of Goulburn Valley has reportedly forced its 700 residents to travel more than 20 km from nearby Girgarre for postal services and mail collections.
The Merrigum LGA of Grand Shepparton has seen its vaccination rates exceed 90% for the first doses since it was locked out to contain an outbreak of Delta. It was previously lagging behind all of the state's Victorian regional LGAs.
Victoria's director of health Martin Foley said that There had been "significant uptake" of Covid-19 vaccinations since public health warrants were introduced.
"The Victorian community roars … Declared.
The Northern Territory followed Wednesday Victoria by making vaccination compulsory for all front-line workers, in an effort to improve vaccination rates that stagnated behind the rest of the nation. .
NT health official Hugh Heggie said social media "influencers ", including some from anti- American faith-based and immunizations, targeted Indigenous communities and discouraged them from getting vaccinated.