Woolworths and Coles demand ALL 250,000 of their Australian workers get a Covid jab or face being sacked in sweeping vaccine mandates
- Woolworths and Coles staff will need to have received the Covid-19 jab
- Workers in various states will be required to have the vaccine by certain dates
- Customers will not need to be fully vaccinated to shop at the supermarkets
Woolworths and Coles staff will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the coming months.
The mandate enforced by the nation’s biggest retailers will apply to all staff including those working in stores, distribution centres and offices.
Woolworths employs 170,000 staff while Coles has more than 100,000 workers.
Woolworths staff in NSW, the ACT, Victoria, the Northern Territory, and WA will need to have received the jab by January 31.
Workers in all other states will be required to be vaxxed before March 31, unless public health orders are brought in sooner which will bring this date forward.
All 170,000 Woolworths workers will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the coming months
Coles has meanwhile announced their vaccine mandate will apply to staff working in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, WA and the Northern Territory.
Those in Victoria will need the jab by November 26, and those in NSW and the ACT by December 17.
Coles staff in the NT will need to roll up their sleeves by December 25 and Western Australian workers will need the vaccine by January 31.
The supermarket giant says it will continue to work with health authorities to encourage vaccination in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.
Vaccines are currently not required as a condition of work in those states.
Some Coles and Woolworths employees have already been required to receive the vaccine based on health orders in their states.
Coles has meanwhile announced their vaccine mandate will apply to staff working in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, WA and the Northern Territory
Workers can apply for an exemption on medical or religious grounds while customers at Coles and Woolworths stores will not be required to be fully jabbed.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said the move would ensure the safest working environment for staff.
‘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,’ he said.
‘As we enter the next phase of the pandemic and learn to live with COVID-19, we need to strengthen our workplace safety settings and vaccinations are clearly a key part of this.’
Pop up vaccination sites had been arranged for Woolworths staff at distribution centres and closed Big W stores with 12,000 employees jabbed at these clinics.
More to come.
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