Woolworths to set up vaccination hubs
Woolworths will do its bit to boost the federal government's bungled vaccine rollout, announcing this week it will set up pop-up vaccination clinics at distribution centres in south-west Sydney so its own workers can receive COVID jabs.
Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci said the supermarket wants all workers to be vaccinated “as soon as possible”.
“It is now clear that accelerating the rate of vaccination in Australia is key to protecting our communities and loved ones and the easing of restrictions,” said Mr Banducci.
“It is also essential to ensuring our teams are able to continue to provide food to Australian communities.”
In-store Woolworths staff in parts of Sydney will also get early appointments at the Homebush vaccination centre in a partnership with the NSW government.
“These are important steps in helping protect our team so they can continue to provide food for all Australians,” he said.
A “highly targeted” health campaign will focus on essential food workers from Coles, IGA, Aldi and Foodworks supermarkets across NSW.
The Woolworths vaccination centres will not be open to the public.
Australia’s vaccine rollout is almost the slowest in the OECD.
Currently, just 14 per cent of the population currently is fully vaccinated.
Supermarkets have been hubs and hotbeds for infection and have been regularly listed as exposure sites in outbreaks across the country.
Woolworths will pay up to eight hours of paid leave for full-time and part-time staff to get vaccinated. Casual workers, which make up just under half of Woolworths' workforce, get nothing.
Do you think this is a good idea? Should these 'hubs' be open to the public, too? Is Woolworths just watching its own back, or do you genuinely feel it is in the best interests of the public?