Two of Australia’s biggest companies FORCE their 75,000 staff to get a Covid vaccine
- Westpac and Commonwealth Bank to require 75,000 workers to get Covid-19 jab
- Employees need to be double-jabbed from December to return to the workplace
- Westpac boss said the mandate is necessary to protect both staff and customers
Two of Australia’s biggest companies have announced they will require their 75,000 staff to get a mandatory Covid vaccine.
Westpac and Commonwealth Bank will require staff who intend to return to their workplace to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
The mandate will affect around 75,000 staff nation-wide including thousands who currently work in two lenders in Sydney’s CBD.
Employees based in NSW and Victoria will be required to have had two doses of a Covid vaccine from December.
Westpac and Commonwealth Bank will require staff who intend to return to the workplace to be fully vaccinated (pictured, a man walks past a Westpac in Sydney)
Westpac chief executive Peter King said the mandate is necessary to protect the health and safety of both employees and customers.
The bank boss said the mandate was even more important following the prediction Covid case numbers would surge following the relaxing of restrictions.
Mr King said a survey that asked Westpac employees their thoughts on mandatory jabs had received more than 10,000 responses.
‘Pleasingly, 91 per cent said they are, or intend to be, vaccinated, with a further 4 per cent undecided,’ the chief executive said in a statement.
He said as an essential service banks had remained open to the public throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘With a large workforce, it is important that we have the safest possible work environment,’ Mr King said.
The vaccination mandate will affect around 75,000 employees nation-wide with rules to come into force from December (pictured, a Commonwealth Bank in Port Fairy, Victoria)
Following the announcement of the mandate Westpac will now smooth out the details with employees with consideration to medical exemptions and the fate of workers who choose not to get vaccinated.
A Commonwealth Bank spokesman said the vaccination mandate was in line with the company’s emphasis on staff and customer safety.
He said the expectation for staff to go out and get a Covid jab was consistent with efforts to boost the economy as the country moves to post-pandemic era.
More to come.