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Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Vaccinations compulsory for all Qantas Group staff






Qantas Group will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


The vaccination timeline will be in two phases, with frontline employees - including cabin crew, pilots and airport workers - required to be fully vaccinated by 15 November 2021.


The remainder of employees have until 31 March 2022 to be fully jabbed.


The policy follows consultation with Qantas and Jetstar employees including a survey sent to 22,000 people to seek their views on vaccination.


The survey found 89% had already been vaccinated or are planning to be, whle 4% were unwilling or unable to get the jab.


Around three-quarters think it should be a requirement for all employees to be vaccinated and would be concerned if other employees in the workplace weren't vaccinated.


Announcing the policy, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: "Having a fully vaccinated workforce will safeguard our people against the virus but also protect our customers."


"One crew member can fly into multiple cities and come into contact with thousands of people in a single day. Making sure they are vaccinated given the potential of this virus to spread is so important and I think it's the kind of safety leadership people would expect from us."


Qantas says it has been offering paid time off for employees to get vaccinated.


Further discussions will take place with employees, their union and health and safety reps over the coming weeks to discuss how medical exemptions will be applied.


 

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