A young waiter who spent two weeks in a coma after receiving a vaccination has been repeatedly turned down by employers who won't accept his Covid jab exemption.
Mason Reed, 25, suffered a rare autoimmune reaction and was temporarily paralysed in his face and chest after rolling up his sleeve for a meningococcal vaccination in 2018.
The Melbourne university graduate spent months learning to walk again and was told by a neurologist never to receive another vaccination.
Mr Reed has an official medical exemption explaining why he hasn't received a Covid-19 vaccine but has struggled to find venues who will employ him alongside vaccinated workers.
Mason Reed, 25, suffered a rare autoimmune reaction and was temporarily paralysed after a meningococcal vaccination in 2018
The hospitality employment agency he works for have accepted the exemption, which states he has a 'medical contraindication' to Covid vaccines.
'I thought there was no way I would have any problems,' he told Daily Mail Australia. 'I have a valid vaccination certificate.'
He said his agency's clients though wanted to see physical evidence of his Covid vaccination history.
'All but one of the clients has said no,' he said. 'My employment agency initially only had one company that said yes but they're in Western Australia.'
One of the agency's clients agreed to take him on as a Covid marshal after his case attracted media attention, but Mr Reed is still unsure whether he will be able to work or not.
The 25-year-old plans to move overseas and find work as a translator once the border re-opens.
However he is also considering legal action through the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission if his struggle for work in Australia continues.
Mr Reed has struggled to find venues who will employ him alongside vaccinated workers, even though he has a medical exemption
He said European countries have better rules in place allowing for those with medical exemptions to participate in the vaccinated economy.
'It's definitely a relief to be able to work again but [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews might come out tomorrow and change the rules,' he said.
'I've been told now I can work but I haven't been offered anything yet - employers are too scared of a WorkSafe case against them.'