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Australia: Majority of retail business owners want mandatory vaccination

Two-thirds of Australian businesses believe Covid vaccines should be made mandatory for frontline retail staff, a new survey has found. However, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), three-quarters would not be comfortable mandating the vaccine in the current environment while there were legal ambiguities.

Fruit and vegetable giant SPC became the first Australian company to require its staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19, while Qantas announced they will be making vaccinations mandatory for all employees.

There was also strong support for retail workers to be prioritized for Covid vaccines in the survey, with 83 per cent of businesses in favor of the move. Also, 82 per cent of retailers called for a vaccine passport system, which would allow for greater freedoms for fully vaccinated people.

Scott Morrison has ruled out making Covid-19 vaccines compulsory in Australia but paved the way for employers to create their own policies. reports that the Prime Minister said the country didn’t have a mandatory vaccine policy and insisted that was not changing.


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