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COVID-19 vaccine program

Mandatory vaccinations for CPV and bus drivers

The Victorian Government announced that all CPV and bus drivers must have a COVID-19 vaccine if they wish to continue providing CPV and bus services.

This is mandated in the latest Public Health Directions issued at 11.59 on 7 October, 2021.

It is now mandatory for CPV and bus drivers to have:

  • at least one vaccine dose by 15 October 2021, or provide evidence of an appointment before 22 October 2021; and
  • both vaccine doses by 26 November 2021.

Anyone with evidence of a vaccine booking between October 15 and October 22 will still be allowed to provide CPV services or bus services.

This mandate applies statewide and also covers workers who enter Victoria on both single and multi-entry Specified Worker Permits.

CPVV encourages CPV and bus drivers to get vaccinated as soon as they can to ensure they meet the above requirements by the stipulated timeframes.

What are the requirements for driving instructors?

Driving instructors are not required to have a vaccine to continue working, however it is strongly encouraged.

Who is responsible for keeping a record of vaccinations?

If a CPV driver is a sole trader, they must keep the vaccination record themselves.

If a CPV driver has a Driver Agreement in place with a vehicle owner, then it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to keep records of vaccinations.

Bus drivers must provide their employer with vaccinations records.  If you are self-employed, you should keep the record yourself. Please refer to the TSV website for more information on mandatory vaccinations.

We understand that vehicle owners can just sight the evidence and record the date it was sighted. They are not required to hold a copy of the actual certificate. If the vehicle owner does hold the actual certificate, then it needs to be treated as a medical record under Commonwealth privacy legislation.

How do I find a record of my vaccination?

You can get proof of your vaccinations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from different government sources, including My Health Record.

For more information, visit:  https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/getting-vaccinated/check-immunisation-history

Are there exemptions to getting a vaccination?

If a CPV driver cannot get a first dose before 15 October 2021 due to being in self-quarantine, this is considered to be compliant as long as they have an appointment to be vaccinated within 7 days of self-quarantine ending.

If a CPV driver has a medical certificate stating they are unable to receive the vaccine due to a medical contraindication/medical illness, they are considered an ‘excepted person’ until either the date on the certificate, or up to 6 months (whichever comes first).

What responsibilities does a BSP have regarding mandatory vaccinations?

BSPs should continue to encourage drivers to get vaccinated and ensure their associated drivers are aware of this requirement. It is not the responsibility of the BSP to keep and record the vaccinations of CPV drivers.

What responsibilities does CPVV have with regard to mandatory vaccinations?

CPVV will educate industry on these requirements and support them to meet these. This is a direction mandated under Victorian Public Health Directions. These are issued by the Chief Health Officer.

Where can I get a vaccine?

Find the vaccination centre closest to you.

Pfizer and AstraZeneca

Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are available at locations across Victoria. Find the vaccination centre closest to you.

To book a vaccination through state-run centres – or to see links for how to book at your local GP or pharmacy – visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Note that walk-ins are allowed at high-volume vaccination centres, but you are encouraged to book ahead by calling 1800 675 398. Select option 1 – option 1 – option 1.

Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Information on fines prohibition and notices for refusing or failing to comply with public health directions that include the vaccine mandate can be found on the coronavirus website here.