Construction Industry To Shut Down For 2 Weeks
I've just got the news that the Vic construction industry will be closed for a period of 2 weeks until 5 October 2021. This follows multiple large-scale outbreaks of COVID-19 at multiple construction sites and more recently the government requirement for mandatory proof of vaccination to attend those worksites. The construction sector was already operating at just 25% capacity (basically essential work only).
I realise there is a lot of hesitancy out there, culminating in some ugly public demonstrations around Melbourne - and yesterday outside the CFMEU offices.
I'll stick my neck out here and urge everyone to JUST DO IT - go and get vaccinated asap. We are part of the greater community in Victoria and (as has been shown in the last week or so) just as prone to this insidious virus. For those of you that work as spotters (or in any direct safety roles) you will understand about the risk matrix and how important it is to move from the red & orange to the yellow & green (moderate & low) risk zones.
The vaccine doesn't stop you picking up this virus, nor does it stop you from infecting others - but it does reduce the more serious consequences requiring hospitalisation, admission to ICU or even death. We also know that almost 4.7 million people (so far) have died from the virus and 10s of millions of others live with debilitating life-long illnesses, but you almost certainly won't die from the vaccine.
The sooner we all realise that we have some personal responsibilities the sooner we can get back to work - and the sooner the community as a whole gets closer to herd immunity in a scenario where the virus won't matter so much.
I get annoyed when I see these anti-lockdown demonstrations that get hijacked by extremists from outside the industry. They cause a lot of trouble and it makes everyone in construction look bad.
Who goes around and smashes shopfront glass belonging to their own union, spitting on & punching healthcare workers & police, kicking dogs and desecrating the Shrine? Not me. They forget that most of the soldiers being commemorated there took a bullet. These cowards can't even take a needle.
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