21/10/2021 - 09:05

Woolworths, Coles plan staff vaccine mandates

21/10/2021 - 09:05

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Australian supermarket giants Woolworths Group and Coles have announced plans to implement mandatory vaccination policies for their staff.

Woolworths, Coles plan staff vaccine mandates
Woolworths is rolling out a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination plan. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Australian supermarket giants Woolworths Group and Coles have announced plans to implement mandatory vaccination policies for their staff.

Woolworths

Woolworths plans to order all of its 170,000 workers to get their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by early next year to reduce the risk of infection.

The directive will apply to employees at about 1200 stores as well as distribution and online fulfilment centres and support offices.

"With each store welcoming an average 20,000 customers a week, a single team member can come into contact with quite literally thousands of people in the course of a normal working week," chief executive Brad Banducci said on Thursday.

"After careful review of the best medical advice, we've made the decision to require all of our team members in Australia to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19."

Workers must be fully vaccinated in the ACT, NSW, NT, Victoria and WA by January 31, and by March 31 in South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

Coles

Coles introduced similar measures for its 120,000 staff.

Coles employees in NSW and the ACT must have received at least one vaccination by 5 November and have received a second dose by 17 December.

Coles will require team members to be vaccinated as a condition of working at any its stores, distribution centres and other sites in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria, unless they have a valid exemption.

In Victoria, NT and WA, team members are required to be vaccinated in line with the dates set out in public health orders.

 

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