Limo driver who sparked Sydney Covid outbreak banned from work until vaccination

Limo driver who sparked Sydney Covid outbreak banned from work until vaccination
Limo driver who sparked Sydney Covid outbreak banned from work until vaccination

The airport limousine driver who sparked Sydney's Covid outbreak has recovered from the virus but can't return to work until he is vaccinated.

The 60-year-old and his wife are finally allowed to leave their apartment in Bondi after two weeks in isolation from his positive test on June 15.

He caught the Indian Delta variant while ferrying Fed Ex air staff to hotel quarantine and unknowingly spread it to a 50-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman in the eastern suburbs.

‘We are recovered, I'm feeling great,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.  

The airport limousine driver (pictured) who sparked Sydney's Covid outbreak has recovered from the virus but can't return to work until he is vaccinated

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The airport limousine driver (pictured) who sparked Sydney's Covid outbreak has recovered from the virus but can't return to work until he is vaccinated

Covid cluster in Sydney rose by 24 on Thursday, bringing the total to 195. Pictured: Health workers register people for Covid-19 tests at Bondi

Covid cluster in Sydney rose by 24 on Thursday, bringing the total to 195. Pictured: Health workers register people for Covid-19 tests at Bondi

However, the driver has not returned to work yet because he needs to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

'I need to register and need to be vaccinated in order to get back to work. I am not sure when yet,' he said.

Having refused refused AstraZeneca because of a family history of blood clots, he added: 'I'm hoping for Pfizer.'

Government policy enacted in response to him triggering the outbreak requires anyone working with quarantined or international arrivals to be vaccinated.

If a worker does not comply, employers can be fined up to $11,000. 

He was not legally required to be vaccinated at the time he caught the virus, but said he was wearing a face mask during the ill-fated trip from the airport on June 11.

People working around the hotel quarantine system were asked to present for daily Covid testing, but the driver admitted he had not been tested on his days off.

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Upon leaving their eastern suburbs home, the husband and wife visited a grocery store and Bondi Post Office.

However, the driver has not returned to work yet because he needs to be vaccinated against coronavirus. Pictured is a woman getting her jab at St Vincent's Hospital clinic in Sydney

However, the driver has not returned to work yet because he needs to be vaccinated against coronavirus. Pictured is a woman getting her jab at St Vincent's Hospital clinic in Sydney

The 60-year-old and his wife are finally allowed to leave their apartment in Bondi after two weeks in isolation from his positive test on June 15

The 60-year-old and his wife are finally allowed to leave their apartment in Bondi after two weeks in isolation from his positive test on June 15 

'It's my first day out of the house and I'm enjoying myself,' he said. He is afraid to reveal his identify and risk extreme public backlash and even physical harm.

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