A childcare centre in Western Australia is making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all current and future staff.
Kidz Galore has given its 120 employees until the end of next month to get vaccinated, The West Australian reports.
And it won’t hire staff in the future unless they are fully vaccinated.
The childcare centre is based in West Perth.
Its director, Sue Turner, said staff reaction had been “phenomenal.”
“Some of our staff were sitting back and procrastinating; they didn’t have the urgency to get vaccinated — probably because of our situation here in WA,” Turner said.
“But we’ve spoken about it and made sure that they felt supported to get the jab.
“There’s now a real buzz about it.
“It’s been a phenomenal reaction.”
Despite WA’s current status of being relatively free and open, Turner said she knew the Delta variant of COVID “is going to come here” eventually.
“So we want to do our bit to protect the community,” she said.
“Until we all get vaccinated, nothing will be normal.
“We’re not frontline workers but every time there’s a shut down we have to work.
“So that makes it all the more important.”
‘Until we all get vaccinated, nothing will be normal.’
The childcare centre held its own on-site clinic last week and will hold another in three weeks’ time to make sure all staff receive their second dose.
The childcare centre’s decision comes as more businesses, big and small, make vaccination mandatory for frontline staff.
Telstra, Qantas and food manufacturer SPC are just three of the big companies mandating vaccination of its workforce.
Crown Resorts, Virgin Australia and state police forces are also looking into compulsory vaccination.
Free jabs at Royal Show
Meanwhile, this year’s Royal Show will also be offering an on-site COVID vaccination clinic, with bookings not required.
The family favourite was cancelled last year due to COVID but Sideshow Alley is being dusted off for 2021.
COVID concerns mean that crowds will be capped at 60,000 each day.
“Please, take this opportunity. Get vaccinated at the Royal Show,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Monday.
The plea comes as jab rates in the state stall, with daily vaccination bookings falling 20 per cent in the past month.