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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: Woolworths announced its intention to introduce a new requirement for team members to be vaccinated against #COVID19 in the coming months, unless they have a valid exemption. It’s believed this mandate will affect 170,000 workers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.22: Coles says it will require team members to be vaccinated as a condition of working at any of its stores, distribution centres and other sites in NSW, the ACT and Victoria, unless employees have a valid exemption….

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according 7News report Woolworths and Coles both announce #COVID19 vaccine mandate for workers: The proposed timeline by Woolworths for the full vaccination requirement in ACT, NSW, NT, Victoria and WA is January 31, 2022 and March 31, 2022 in the other states.

Woolworths and Coles has announced new vaccination rules for its employees.
Amy SinclairUpdated: Thursday, 21 October 2021 11:57 AM AEDTWoolworths and Coles has announced new vaccination rules for its employees. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

Woolworths and Coles supermarkets have announced new COVID vaccine mandates for their workers.

In a series of press releases, the two retail giants announced that staff must follow new vaccination rules.

Woolworths says the policy will apply group-wide and cover Australian team members working in stores, distribution and online fulfilment centres, and support offices.

Coles, meanwhile, has announced that team members in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, WA and the Northern Territory will need to be vaccinated in the coming months, unless they have a valid exemption.

Woolworths and Coles have announced COVId mandates for all workers.

It says government health orders also require Coles team members in the Northern Territory and Coles supermarket team members in WA to be vaccinated in order to work.

Coles says its workers in Victoria will need to be fully vaccinated by November 26, NSW and ACT by December 17, the Northern Territory by December 25 and WA by January 31.

Coles says it will continue to work with health authorities and team members to strongly encourage the uptake of vaccination in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, where vaccination is not currently required as a condition of work.File image of a Woolworths store. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

File image of a Woolworths store.
Woolworths and Coles have announced COVId mandates for all workers. Credit: AAP

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says the new mandate will keep its workforce safer.

“We have a clear obligation to provide our team members with the safest possible work environment as we supply the food and essential needs our communities rely on,” he said.

“We have 170,000 team members across our stores, distribution centres and support offices, and more than 1200 retail stores. 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.

Careful review

“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.

“After careful review of the best medical advice, we’ve made the decision to require all of our team members in Australia to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Importantly, we have been listening to our team members. With states and territories at different levels of vaccination uptake and availability, we will engage with them further on our roadmap and implement a sensible and pragmatic timeframe for the requirement to come into effect.”File image of a Coles store. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

File image of a Coles store.
File image of a Coles store. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

Coles Group CEO Steven Cain said providing a safe environment for team members and customers is the supermarket’s top priority.

“We have worked hand-in-hand with health authorities and adopted their recommended safety measures, allowing us to keep our 120,000-plus team members and millions of customers safe,” he said.

“As people are able to circulate more freely in NSW, ACT and Victoria, health authorities have warned that COVID case numbers in these states are expected to increase, which also means a higher risk of positive cases visiting our stores.

“We have encouraged and supported our team members to access vaccinations as soon as they became eligible, to reduce the risk of infection for themselves, their colleagues and their families.

“We’ve been pleased with the uptake of the vaccine by our team members, and we owe it to them to ensure that as many of their colleagues as possible also do their bit by getting the jab.”Coles and Woolworths have released deadlines for when staff members must be vaccinated. Credit: AAP

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Coles and Woolworths have released deadlines for when staff members must be vaccinated. Credit: AAP

When Coles staff must be vaccinated

Coles has provided this timeline for when its team members in NSW, the ACT, VIC, NT and WA must be vaccinated, unless they have a valid exemption.

VIC

  • First dose required by: 22 October, 2021
  • Second dose required: 26 November, 2021

NSW / ACT

  • First dose required by: 5 November, 2021
  • Second dose required: 17 December, 2021

NT

  • First dose required by: 13 November, 2021
  • Second dose required: 25 December, 2021

WA

  • First dose required by: 31 December, 2021
  • Second dose required: 31 January, 2022

When Woolworths staff must be vaccinated

Woolworths has said all its staff must have received two doses of the COVID vaccine by the following dates, unless they have a valid exemption:

ACT, NSW, NT, Victoria and WA

  • All team members must be fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022.

QLD, TAS and SA

  • All team members must be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022.

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.22: 2021:

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