MEDIA RELEASE Friday, 25 January 2021
AMIC is in the final stages of developing its public policy for consideration by our National Councils, in preparation for the Federal Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program. This includes how our industry gets access to the vaccine, in what capacity this will work in rural and regional Australia, and most importantly setting the public position of potentially ‘no jab no job’ for employees. We expect this to be ratified at our February Board meeting.
AMIC’s continued advocacy program on COVID-19 and our work with members has ensured that meat processing will be the first industry after health and emergency services to receive the vaccine.
AMIC has written to the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, offering our assistance in a successful roll-out of the vaccine for the red meat processing sector. We have also written to The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the ministerial appointed committee established to advise both the Australian Minister for Health and the Department of Health.
AMIC has implemented the necessary steps to address workplace relations issues that may arise in advance. This includes the rights of the employer to direct an employee to be vaccinated.
Over the last 10 months, AMIC has been supporting members with COVID-19 safety plans, signage, and regular updates in accordance with Federal and State Health Department restrictions and requirements. AMIC will continue to support our members during the vaccination process and keep you informed.
Click here to read Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.