Almost 1000 NSW health workers stood down or quit after refusing to get vaccinated

nearly 1000 New South Wales Health care workers have been dismissed or resigned because they refused to get COVID-19 Serum.
NSW Health has confirmed that 995 of its 170,000 workforce have quit or been sacked after a vaccine was refused, Sydney Morning Herald mentioned.

There are also currently about 6,000 health workers in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19.

Staff prepare to collect samples at a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic in Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Staff prepare to collect samples at a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic in Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. (AFP)

Healthcare workers now only need to get a negative rapid antigen test result before returning to work.

This is intended to help the strain on the health system and stem supply chain disruptions in other industries.

An ambulance at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney
The NSW health system is under severe strain due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. (Rhett Wyman)

The health system is under severe strain as hospitalizations and ICU admissions continue to rise in the state’s surging Omicron wave.

Yesterday, there were 2,525 people in hospital, including 184 in intensive care.

In terms of hospitalizations and ICU admissions, New South Wales Premier Dominic Beirut said yesterday that the health system is outperforming even the most optimistic models.

“It’s encouraging, reassuring and fun,” he said.

The health system, however, is still under pressure, Perrottet said.

“It’s going to be a tough few weeks, but the tracking that we’re releasing today is very reassuring and encouraging given where we’re sitting today in the pandemic.”

New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Beirut
Prime Minister Dominique Perrottet said the state tracks hospital admissions better than modeling expected. (9 news)
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Among the positive cases, 37,938 were from rapid antigen tests that NSW Health said included 24,329 results from the past seven days.

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