Australian SPC mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all staff and visitors


Food and vegetable manufacturer SPC is the first Australian company to announce that all staff must be fully vaccinated with the CCP virus or banned from entering the company’s workplace by the end of November.

Mandate is intended for anyone entering the SPC company’s space, including all staff (temporary and full-time workers and contractors), and all visitors.

The SPC said a decision was made to ensure the well-being of workers and the community against the highly infectious Delta variant.

“The blockade is not a sustainable solution and the Australian economy needs to be reopened,” SPC Chairman Hussein Riffy said in a statement reported by the AAP. “Delta variants pose a significant threat to employees, customers, and the communities that serve them.”

“The only way forward in our country is through vaccination.”

SPC offers paid leave for all workers to get a jab, including adding up to two days of special paid leave to recover from the vaccine as needed.

For individuals who are medically exempt from taking the vaccine, Mr. Riffy said the company would deal with each situation on a case-by-case basis and would not force them to take the vaccine if it harms people.

However, those who refuse conscientious objection to vaccination are banned from all SPC sites.

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Sydney Cider will line up outside the Immunization Center in Sydney, Australia on June 24, 2021. (Saed Khan / AFP via Getty Images)

Many companies are also looking closely at how SPC’s unprecedented decisions affect their business and the legality behind it.

Safework Australia Website status Employers are obliged to do everything “reasonably feasible” to minimize risk, and vaccination should be considered as a method.

The website also states that making vaccination a workplace requirement is not considered “reasonably feasible” for three reasons: public health professionals mandate vaccines in most industries Not, the vaccine may not yet be available to workers, and workers may have medical reasons for reasons they are not vaccinated.

However, Mr. Riffy said their work is considered part of an essential industry with a precedent for vaccination obligations for workers from the government.

“We had to be vaccinated to protect ourselves, the people around us, and the entire community, basic services such as elderly care and frontline people and ourselves. Are comparing. ” Riffi said ABC.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said people and businesses will have their own choice as to whether or not to be vaccinated.

“Well, there are many options for how to handle COVID-19, and people should have those options.” Morrison said Reporter. “Now the legal basis is convinced that they are taking advice on it, and that will be an issue we are watching very carefully.”

He added that the coalition assists those who make decisions to address their concerns and their interests, but “it always follows the rule of law.”

Rebecca Chu