Managing people

COVID-19 vaccines: inform and empower employees

The Australian government has invested billions of dollars to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Australian population. With the exception of residential aged care and certain employer-led mandates such as Qantas, being vaccinated is voluntary and not everyone is a suitable recipient. The government is making it free for all Australians and aims to have as many people as possible vaccinated. 

As such, a $24 million advertising campaign has been launched to inform and keep us up to date about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines as they’re introduced, and when and how to get it.

As a business leader, a key priority for you is the health and safety of your workforce. To date, you would have provided open and transparent communication about what you’re doing to ensure a safe working environment during the pandemic as well as ways to maintain good health and wellbeing. If you would like to help support the government’s drive to get jabs in arms, you can empower your employees about the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 A collection of COVID-19 resources is available for you to share.

Acknowledge, inform and empower

It’s important to note there is no vaccine that is 100% effective and we will learn more about how long the protection will last in due course.

It’s also a good opportunity to remind your staff that we cannot become complacent. Preventative measures are still important in stopping the spread of the virus. This includes practicing social distancing, good handwashing etiquette, and following state or territory public health orders on wearing a face mask, testing for COVID-19 and isolating as required. 

When communicating to your employees, keep in mind these two important factors:

  • not everyone will meet the COVID-19 vaccination criteria
  • everyone is entitled to make their own decision on being vaccinated (and seek medical advice as required).

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provides guidance that explains how you can lawfully provide communications about COVID-19 vaccines to support the Government's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, including distribution of government material and how you may develop your own content.

By sharing the information available, you’re simply empowering your employees to make an informed decision – a small step to take to help protect all Australians.

For more information visit the Department of Health COVID-19 vaccines’ page or read about workplace rights and obligations.

Residential Aged Care

Full time, part-time and casual residential aged care workers must have received a minimum first dose vaccination against COVID-19 by 17 September 2021, as a condition of employment.  This was agreed to by National Cabinet on 28 June. Find out more on the aged care mandate.

Find more information and resources relating to COVID-19 vaccinations. 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied upon as health advice. Always seek the advice and guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

Free webinar: COVID-19 – vaccinations in the workplace

Learn more about the practical challenges of setting up a COVID vaccination program for employees and explore the key roles and obligations of employers in the vaccination rollout during this interactive session.

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