You may have seen reports about one of our colleagues contracting measles and follow up reports about Government plans to investigate the possible introduction of mandatory measles vaccinations.
First, our thoughts are with our colleague and this highlights the dangers and stresses of the job. Second, United Voice certainly encourages vaccination, but we have concerns about the potential impact of any new mandatory vaccination policies.
There are possible employment implications for Ambulance Officers. We made it clear to government that we do not support blanket compulsion without full consultation to ensure we can protect members’ interests in the event of any policy change. You and the State Council will be kept up to date on any developments.