Qantas mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline staff
Qantas will require its frontline employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within three months.
Qantas and Jetstar pilots, cabin crew and airport workers will have until November 15 to be fully jabbed.
The deadline for other employees to be fully jabbed is March 31, 2022.
Qantas boss Alan Joyce on Wednesday said having a fully vaccinated workforce would help stop the spread of the virus.
“We provide an essential service, so this will help guard against the disruptions that can be caused by just one positive COVID case shutting down a freight facility or airport terminal,” he said.
Exemptions would be granted for people with documented medical proof showing they could not be vaccinated. But this was expected to be a very rare occurrence.
Qantas surveyed 22,000 staff about vaccinations.
Of the 12,000 who responded, 89 per cent said they had already been jabbed or had booked one.
Of that group, 60 per cent were fully vaccinated, 77 per cent had received one dose and 12 per cent were booked in or planned to do so.
Just four per cent of people were unwilling or unable get the jab, with seven per cent undecided or preferring not to say.
“We understand there will be a very small number of people who decide not to get the vaccine and that’s their right,” Mr Joyce said.
“But it’s our responsibility to provide the safest possible environment for our employees and for our customers.”
NSW, South Australia and New Zealand already require aviation workers supporting international flights to be vaccinated.
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