Regional airline Rex, which services the Upper Spencer Gulf region, has made vaccinations mandatory for its frontline staff as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Rex made the announcement earlier this week that its customer-facing staff will need to be fully vaccinated by November 1, making them the first Australian airline to achieve this goal.
A recent survey by Rex revealed that the airline was on track for 90 per cent of its workforce to be fully vaccinated by the November 1 deadline, with the results showing:
- 59 per cent already fully vaccinated
- 31 per cent had either received their first vaccination or had booked an appointment to be vaccinated
- 8 per cent not sure about vaccination
- 2 per cent opposed to vaccination for medical or other reasons.
Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp said the airline had a duty of care to both our passengers and staff to provide the safest possible environment.
"As we provide an essential service operating to regional centres and remote communities throughout Australia, it is incumbent upon us to do whatever we can to help those residents remain safe and healthy," he said.
"As the survey shows, Rex staff has overwhelmingly embraced this responsibility and has done its part to keep the nation safe.
"Rex has always been the leader in keeping its passengers safe and healthy. As early as April last year, we mandated the wearing of masks onboard.
"Similarly, today Rex will be leading the industry by having all itscrew and frontline staff fully vaccinated by November."
Mr Sharp said Rex would offer the small number of unvaccinated frontline staff non customer-facing roles wherever available. Unvaccinated office staff will be required to wear a mask while at work.