With questions swirling around what is deemed “lawful and reasonable” when mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, it’s useful to take a wide view on what is happening internationally. Through Macpherson Kelley’s involvement in Privacy Rules, a leading multidisciplinary alliance of data privacy experts, the firm has weighed in on the current situation in Australia to accompany updates from around the world.

Privacy Rules recognises the relevance and complexity of privacy issues and their connection to the push-back against COVID-19 vaccinations and the possibility of a return to work. The matter is sensitive because it relates to health data and the potential discriminatory effects that an employee’s choice not to get vaccinated may have. It also intersects with an employer’s duty of care towards their entire workforce and customers.

A comparative chart answering two crucial questions regarding mandatory vaccinations can be found here.