Merrigum post office may close amid licensee vax worries
Merrigum may be without a post office come Friday as its licensee remains on the fence about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine mandates for all authorised workers come into effect from Friday, and Merrigum post office owner Angela Spedding said she was still uncertain if she would get the jab.
If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to operate the post office and residents of the town will be forced to travel to Girgarre to collect their mail.
Mrs Spedding said she also delivered some mail in the town.
“I have my idea of why I don’t want the vaccine,” Mrs Spedding said.
“I don’t know enough about it.’’ She cited side-effects of the vaccine, including fatigue and rare blood clots, as reasons why she didn’t want the jab.
An Australia Post spokesperson said if Mrs Spedding decided against being vaccinated, mail for Merrigum residents would be diverted to Girgarre, 20 km away.
Mrs Spedding has operated the post office and newsagency in Merrigum for six and a half years.
“I feel so sorry for the town, that’s what makes me feel sick the most,” she said.
Mrs Spedding said she’d told Australia Post she would get the vaccine, but was still on the fence and hadn’t decided whether she would roll up her sleeve for the jab.
She said she planned on opening the newsagency, which currently runs alongside the post office, on Friday as per normal despite the mandate.
The Australia Post spokesperson said Australia Post was complying with all government requirements and health directions and was ‘‘sorry’’ the licensee would have to close if she didn’t get vaccinated.