Virgin Australia to make vaccines mandatory for staff

Virgin Australia has followed the lead by rival carrier Qantas and will make vaccines mandatory for its staff.

Customer-facing staff will need to be fully jabbed by November 15 and office-based employees by March 31.

Currently over 75 per cent of frontline staff had received at least one dose of vaccine.

However, Virgin said it will consult with unions before making a final policy, after criticism that Qantas had not consulted before making it mandatory vaccine announcement.

“The majority of our team at Virgin Australia are already vaccinated, and we will be listening to our team members to ensure we find the best fit policy for our organisation,” said Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka.

“We know that some team members have questions and concerns about vaccinations. Through an internal campaign of education with qualified experts, we aim to inform and assure as many of our team members as possible.

“We trust medical experts, their advice and the evidence that shows that vaccines save lives and reduce hospitalisation rates.”

Virgin Australia will also launch a competition this week to encourage the general public to get vaccinated

“We are also supportive of government-led measures to ensure travellers are vaccinated,” said Hrdlicka.