Tuesday, September 21, 2021

SPC makes COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all staff

In an Australian first, manufacturer SPC is making the coronavirus vaccine mandatory for all staff.
It is the first non-health care company to make the jabs compulsory for workers and visitors to its sites.
The fruit and vegetable giant says all staff must be fully vaccinated by the end of November to gain entry to any of its company locations.
Chairman Hussein Rifai told Today the move was about protecting everyone.
“The infectiousness of this variant is absolutely mind-boggling, so we had to take something drastic to make sure that the infection doesn’t hurt our staff, doesn’t hurt our customers and just as importantly does not shut down the communities in which we operate,” he said.
All staff, including casual and permanent staff as well as contractors, must have at least the first dose of the vaccine scheduled by September 15, with the first dose administered by the end of October.
Any visitors to an SPC site will also be required to be vaccinated.
No staff members so far had refused, he said.
“As a company based on science, vaccine is a proven science and we need to be able to take science to get out of the predicament that we are in as a country,” Mr Rifai said.
“Vaccines (are) really probably the only option that is available for us today to stop this lockdown every second day.”
Those with medical exceptions from their GP would be dealt with individually.
“(We will) work with the particular employee to make sure they are not harmed,” he said.
“We will deal with it case by case, but we are not going to force anybody who the vaccine is going to harm but we will work within the science of it, not within all rumours around it.
“Science says that the vaccine has been proven to work, has been proven to work in Australia.

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