Almost 30 per cent of aged care workers have not received a coronavirus jab a little over three weeks before vaccination becomes mandatory.
All residential staff will need to have received at least one jab by September 17 to be allowed to work in aged care.
The latest figures show 71.2 per cent of workers in the sector have received one dose, while 49.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said on-site clinics at nursing homes, dedicated hubs and state-run centres were being used to immunise workers.
He said national cabinet’s decision to mandate vaccines through public health orders was driving rates up.
“There has been a significant increase in uptake, a significant increase in acceptance from these workers,” Hunt told parliament on Tuesday.
Labor MP Susan Templeman questioned why residential aged care workers were not vaccinated despite being in a priority group initially expected to be completed four months ago.
“Isn’t this abject failure by the prime minister putting vulnerable Australians at risk?” she said.