A total of 17 officers and staff of the West Australia Police Force have been dismissed for not taking the COVID vaccine, despite the mandate being rescinded in June of 2022.

A Supreme Court decision handed down in April has dismissed a legal challenge by West Australian (WA) police officer Ben Falconer and staff member Les Finlay against the force’s now-scrapped COVID vaccine mandate. Following the April ruling, the WA Police declared that it was going to resume disciplinary action against 17 affected employees immediately despite the mandate no longer being in force, firing 12 police officers and five staff who did not get the experimental COVID shots.