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Virgin Australia moving to require employee vaccinations

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Virgin Australia has indicated that it will begin discussions with unions and employees on requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all staff.

According to the corporation, mandatory immunization is the greatest approach to protect the health and safety of its staff, as well as the larger Australian community and everyone’s way of life.

Before Virgin Australia settles on a final policy next month, a consultation process with relevant unions, employees, and safety committees will begin shortly. It is now suggested that all frontline team members be vaccinated by November 15, 2021, and all office-based team members be immunized by March 31, 2022.

Those with verified medical difficulties will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO of Virgin Australia, stated that recent events have proved that it just takes one person to cause a chain reaction that has far-reaching consequences for employees and the community at large.

“Virgin Australia is hardly the only company that has been deeply impacted by recent events. Vaccination is clearly the only option to reclaim normal mobility of movement and the richness of life that comes from spending meaningful, in-person time with family, friends, and colleagues.

Vaccination is the only solution to the position Australia is now in, and we have determined that it is critical to keep our team safe, considering the significant public exposure most of them face on a daily basis.

The bulk of our Virgin Australia workforce is already vaccinated, and we will be listening to our team members to identify the best fit policy for our organization.

We will immediately begin a detailed discussion of the potential vaccination requirement with our team via internal safety committees, unions, and other suitable channels.

“We are aware that certain team members have concerns and questions concerning immunizations. We hope to enlighten and reassure as many of our team members as possible through an internal education effort with trained professionals. We believe medical experts, their advise, and the proof that immunizations save lives and lower hospitalization rates,” Hrdlicka said.

“Virgin Australia recognizes the important need to vaccinate the broader community and will host a competition this week to encourage as many people as possible to become involved. We also support government-led initiatives to guarantee that travelers get immunized.”

Virgin Australia will continue to help employees in obtaining vaccination appointments and will offer flexible working hours to ensure that team members acquire their immunizations.

According to a recent poll of Virgin Australia team members, more than 75% of the airline’s frontline crew has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with another 9% registered for vaccination.

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