COVID-19 vaccination roll-out strategy

The Australian Government has commenced rolling out its COVID-19 national vaccination strategy.

 

Vaccination is the most effective method to protect against infectious diseases and will reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccinations will save lives and livelihoods – and we all have a part to play.

A high immunisation rate will help protect vulnerable people in our community who cannot be vaccinated, such as very young children or people who are too sick. It will also play a critical role in Australia’s economic recovery. 

Once a large amount of people are vaccinated, the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community will decrease, reducing the need for preventive measures such as border closures and travel restrictions.

“Downer supports the Government’s vaccination initiative,” Downer’s Group Head of Sustainability, Julie Wills, said.

“Access to safe and effective vaccines is the most effective way to combat the spread of the virus and keep our people, families, customers and communities safe.”

Downer is not currently mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for our broader workforce. However, we strongly encourage employees to have the vaccination when it is available to them, after they receive advice on risks and benefits from their health professional.

Vaccination may be mandated by some of our customers and therefore become a requirement for certain workplaces that our people attend. Where a government, industry or customer requirement exists, as with other forms of vaccination, Downer will adopt this requirement and non-vaccinated employees might be prevented from attending those workplaces.

We understand employees might have questions about the vaccination roll-out, and about the vaccines’ safety and efficacy. We have updated the COVID-19 information page on the intranet with information on the vaccination rollout, including FAQs and links to useful websites.

All COVID-19 controls (including social distancing, practising good hand and respiratory hygiene and temperature testing) will remain in place at Downer sites during the vaccination roll-out. These requirements will be in place until further notice.