Mandatory jabs for Qld police service

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Queensland police and their civilian colleagues have been given five months to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but it's not clear what will happen if they refuse.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll announced the mandatory vaccination policy on Thursday, saying it would help keep police, civilian staff and the public safe.

"While we respect individual choice and we will engage closely with our members as we implement the directive, our overwhelming obligation is to ensure we have safe workplaces and a safe community," she said on Thursday.

All police officers and staff members will be required to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 4, and their second dose by January 23.

But it's unclear if jobs will be on the line for those who refuse, or if they'll simply have to wear masks while at work.

The statement outlining the policy said: "All members of the QPS workforce who have not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or who are legally exempt will be required to wear a mask while on duty indoors and outdoors where they cannot socially distance."

AAP has sought clarification about the consequences for staff who don't comply with the policy.

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