Following the ‘Delta’ Covid-19 outbreak in NSW in the second half of 2021, the Government introduced a ‘Delta outbreak’ specific Public Health Order, which prohibited certain forms of travel, and work activities unless the person had received one or more vaccinations for Covid-19.
In response to this Public Health Order, a vocal minority of the population claimed that their rights were being infringed upon by what was effectively a statutory vaccine mandate.
Perhaps buoyed by the ongoing debate surrounding the Federal Government’s religious discrimination bill, many of those in the religious community who were opposed to the vaccination requirements in the Delta outbreak Public Health Order pressed for exemptions based on religious belief.
The Public Health Order made clear that a Covid-19 vaccination will not be required for those who can provide a Medical Contraindication Certificate which was to be completed by a medical health professional. However, the Public Health Order provided no exemptions for those opposed to vaccination on ideological, religious or other grounds.