In a recent update to its COVID-19 support policy, Qantas has decided that staff should be allowed to attend COVID-19 vaccination appointments during work time. Staff will need the approval of their manager and supporting evidence (such as a confirmation email from your vaccination provider). Some employees who are vaccinated outside of working hours at the request of the company will receive a leave credit.
The USU/ASU welcomes this positive step from the Qantas Group. Qantas should do everything it can to support the roll-out of the vaccine and protect staff from infection.
Earlier in the year, we told Qantas that if it wanted its employees to get vaccinated, they should allow staff time during working hours.
If you have a particular medical concern, you should get advice from your doctor. For general information about vaccines, please check the Commonwealth Department of Health website.
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