South Australia Covid vaccine mandate for taxi and Uber drivers

South Australia Covid vaccine mandate for taxi and Uber drivers


Outrage as thousands of drivers are given just 72 hours to get a Covid vaccine or face losing their jobs and being banned from working

  • South Australian government sprung vaccine mandate on taxi and Uber drivers 
  • Drivers must get one vaccine by Thursday and booked their second within 48hrs
  • Transport Union has requested urgent meeting with government to discuss it










A surprise vaccine mandate sprung on South Australian taxi and Uber drivers has provoked outrage, with many given just 72 hours to get the jab.  

The state opened up to the rest of the country at midnight on Tuesday, with 30,000 people already approved to enter.

However, new rules – which were only published by the government on Monday – said all ‘point to point’ drivers must have had one vaccine by Thursday and proof of their second within 48 hours.

The South Australian Transport Workers’ Union have requested an urgent meeting with officials over the rules which could leave hundreds of people without work.

South Australian taxi and rideshare drivers must have one vaccine by Thursday or they will be unable to work

South Australian taxi and rideshare drivers must have one vaccine by Thursday or they will be unable to work

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The rules, published overnight by Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, say all point to point drivers, which include taxis, rideshares and chauffeur drivers, need one jab by Thursday and evidence of the booking for their second jab within 48 hours of that day.

From December 12 all public transport drivers will require at least one vaccine as the state looks to crack down on potential Covid spreaders.

They are particularly focusing on drivers from the states various airports, including Adelaide Airport, Port Lincoln Airport, Mount Gambier Airport and Parafield Airport. 

The government documents say the point of the mandate is to protect the spread of the virus from high-risk settings to vulnerable residents.

‘The purpose of this direction is to protect passenger transport workers from contracting Covid from passengers they transport or have contact with and reduce the risk of the spread of Covid by passenger transport workers to vulnerable members of the community,’ the document says.  

The police commissioner said there could be further mandates to come. 

State opened up to rest of Australia at midnight on Tuesday with government quietly introducing laws on transport drivers (pictured, reunions at Adelaide Airport on Tuesday)

State opened up to rest of Australia at midnight on Tuesday with government quietly introducing laws on transport drivers (pictured, reunions at Adelaide Airport on Tuesday)

‘We are aware they’ll be collecting international arrivals and taking them to their place of quarantine and also they’ll be collecting vulnerable people who rely heavily on that service to take them to doctors’ appointments and other services,’ Mr Stevens said on Tuesday.

The Transport Union want drivers who are unable to work until they are vaccinated to be paid for the time they’re forced to miss.  

‘The TWU has written to the state government expressing its extreme disappointment that key industry stakeholders were not consulted before the direction was announced,’ Branch Secretary Ian Smith told the Adelaide Advertiser.





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