Qantas Group to require employee vaccinations

Australian airline Qantas has announced that all cabin crew, pilots and airport workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15

The introduction of the policy follows consultation with Qantas and Jetstar employees in which around 75% of the 12,000 respondents agreed that vaccination should be a requirement for all employees and would be concerned if others in the workplace were not fully protected.  It follows the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for aviation workers by New South Wales, South Australia and New Zealand. All Qantas employees will be required to be vaccinated by March 31, 2022.

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 Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, said: “Having a fully vaccinated workforce will safeguard our people against the virus but also protect our customers and the communities we fly to. 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. We provide an essential service, so this will help guard against the disruptions that can be caused by just one positive COVID case shutting down a freight facility or airport terminal.” 

 The data also showed that 89% of respondents had already been vaccinated or were planning to be and only 4% were unwilling or unable to do so, while a survey of 1,000 Qantas customers found that 92% would expect their crew to be vaccinated.