COVID-19: QANTAS to mandate staff vaccination
Qantas has mandated that all staff be immunised against COVID-19, no later than March 31 March.
It has deadlines for various groups of workers, starting with frontline staff including crew, pilots and airport workers. They will need to be vaccinated by 15 November. The remaining staff have until the end of March 2022.
That’s around 20,000 staff including those currently stood down to get vaccinated in the next 7 months. Should be doable.
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Qantas surveyed its employees earlier this year to get a handle on their attitudes.
It got a 60% – that’s 12,000 staff – response rate. 89% either have already been vaccinated or have plans to be. Only 4% were anti-jab, or unable to be immunised – whatever that reason is. Interestingly around 75% thought vaccination should be a requirement for employment, and would be concerned if others in their workplace were un-vaccinated.
Already a requirement
Many airline workers are already required to be vaccinated by state governments. That includes NSW, SA and across the dutch, NZ.
Many world airlines also have vaccination as a requirement for continued employment. As Alan Joyce demonstrates:
“One crew member can fly into multiple cities and come into contact with thousands of people in a single day. Making sure they are vaccinated given the potential of this virus to spread is so important and I think it’s the kind of safety leadership people would expect from us.”Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO
Mind you it’s not like Mr Joyce doesn’t have a stake in the suppression/elimination/living-with-the-virus strategy. As he says:
“It’s clear that vaccinations are the only way to end the cycle of lockdowns and border closures and for a lot of Qantas and Jetstar employees that means getting back to work again. This was one of the largest responses to any survey we’ve conducted, even with thousands of our people stood down, which shows just how important this is for them.Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO
And getting-back-to-work also means getting back to profit for Qantas.
Unsurprisingly, even customers support the move.
In a separate survey of only 1,000 customers, 92% made it clear they expect Qantas crew to be fully vaccinated. So in that sense, Qantas is only meeting customer expectations. Wish they would do that in more areas!
Qantas unsurprisingly, with the support of its employees and customers is going for mandating vaccination for its employees.
The next step will be mandatory vaccinations in order to fly. Mark my words. And that move will have my full support.