The Australian government is under fire for its decision to order employers to destroy COVID-19 jab data collected about their staff. According to 7News Melbourne, the WorkSafe organization has mandated that such employers have just thirty days to dispose of any personal information regarding vaccinations.
This mandate was issued in response to pandemic orders which allowed businesses and organizations to go above and beyond usual privacy standards in order to collect, record, and hold employees’ vaccination statuses.
Bosses are being told to destroy COVID vaccination data collected about their staff. WorkSafe says regulations have expired today, and employers have just 30 days to dispose of the personal information. https://t.co/5zYfOfGqUb #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/gY4PLa61J1
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 12, 2023
This move has been questioned by many on social media, who have raised concerns over the possibility of authorities attempting a ‘dump the evidence’ scheme in order deny crimes against humanity ever took place – thus destroying proof of their reprehensible actions.
Destroying the evidence they coerced people to get an experimental shot or lose their jobs? https://t.co/39JIMxzrQn
— Tomaraki🌸🐭 🇦🇺🇬🇷 (@Tomarakh) July 12, 2023
Quick, destroy the evidence of egregious human rights abuse via medical tyranny & discrimination, bosses. https://t.co/E2WCvvyv5l
— Unmasking Mainstream Media (@unmasking_media) July 12, 2023
The questions raised point towards a much bigger issue; did these employers really use coercion tactics such as forcing individuals into getting an experimental shot or risk losing their jobs?
It was previously reported that Australia had plans for ‘no jab no pay’ policies, which would link receipt of welfare payments with providing proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine.
While this proposal was eventually withdrawn due to public backlash, it still raises concerns over how far governments are willing to go when it comes to collecting private medical information from citizens without their consent.
This latest development only adds further fuel the fire – why is it necessary for authorities to demand destruction of vaccination data within thirty days? Is there something they don’t want us knowing? Do we need stronger laws protecting our personal data from being used without our permission?
Perth Now provided further details:
Employers have 30 days to destroy Victorians’ COVID-19 vaccination data after the expiration of regulations introduced during the pandemic.
The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (COVID-19 Vaccination Information) Regulations came into effect in mid-2022 after vaccination requirements under pandemic orders were removed.
The regulations meant businesses could collect, record, hold and use COVID vaccination information from their employees, contractors, volunteers and students on work placement.
They expired on Wednesday, meaning employers who gathered COVID vaccine details purely under those rules have 30 days to destroy them.
Those allowed or otherwise legally required to collect and hold onto the information are not compelled to.
WorkSafe issued a reminder to employers about the change, saying a worker’s COVID vaccination status was also protected by other legislation.