Live Covid-19 updates for 8 November – all the latest on alert levels, cases and vaccinations


More than 200 Department of Corrections staff won’t be going to work today because they haven’t had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

A public health order issued last month requires Corrections prison staff to have received their first shot by midnight Saturday and be fully vaccinated by the 8 December.

Corrections Association president Floyd du Plessis told First Up he was worried about what it would mean for prison operations.

The Department of Corrections said 202 workers had not had first doses, while 96.8 percent of its 6378 prison staff have had at least one dose.

The department is confident there will be no impact on the safety and security operations of prisons.

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