As more than 410,000 doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have been administered throughout Australia, staff are being reminded to know their rights when it comes to vaccinations.
Maureen Kyne from Maureen Kyne & Associates has warned businesses to tread carefully on vaccination stances, because what may seem a reasonable health and safety precaution could backfire on them.
“Whether you can ask your employees to get vaccinated will depend on whether it’s a reasonable request to make in the context of your business,” she says.
“There’s an obvious difference between asking an aged care or quarantine worker to get vaccinated, compared with someone who works by themselves or remotely.”
According to Ms Kyne, businesses should communicate with the workforce to create a less fractured working environment.
“Workers want to know where they stand on your strategy, and if they refuse the vaccine, will their job be safe,” she explained.
“There is no one size fits all especially given the varying levels of risk of infection spread in different industries and workplaces.”
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