Qantas has announced it will make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for staff. The airline said it will require all employees in the Qantas Group to be vaccinated “as part of the national carrier’s commitment to safety”.
The Qantas group includes the subsidiaries Jetstar, QantasLink, Sunstate Airlines and Qantas Freight.
Qantas said it is giving frontline staff until November 15 to have the jabs, with other workers given until next March.Frontline employees – including cabin crew, pilots and airport workers – will need to be fully vaccinated by 15 November 2021 and the remainder of employees by 31 March 2022,” the airline said in a statement.
“There will be exemptions for those who are unable for documented medical reasons to be vaccinated, which is expected to be very rare.
Last week, the FairWork Ombudsman updated its advice on whether businesses were able to mandate vaccinations among staff. Australia’s workplace watchdog had previously released guidance saying that businesses were “overwhelmingly” unable to require staff to be vaccinated.
However, it now says businesses in key industries such as border control, quarantine, healthcare and aged care organisations are “more likely” to be allowed to mandate jabs for employees.
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