Australia’s Qantas has enforced covid-19 vaccination for all its employees, making it the latest global airline to mandate jabs for staff.
The airline revealed that frontline workers which includes pilots, cabin crew and airport staff must be fully vaccinated by mid-November.
Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce in a statement said, “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.
“It’s clear that vaccinations are the only way to end the cycle of lockdowns and border closures and for a lot of Qantas and Jetstar employees that means getting back to work again.”
The airline has give employees yet to receive the vaccine until the end of March 2022 to receive both doses.
This is coming amidst the daily rise in coronavirus infections cases reported in New South Wales.
However, the company said staff with documented medical reasons for not being able to be vaccinated would be given an exemption.