NSW frontline worker jab focus garners industry gratitude

Push to get essential workers vaccinated gains traction

NSW frontline worker jab focus garners industry gratitude
Industry led a push to have T&L worker vaccines prioritised


Certain frontline workers in New South Wales, including freight and logistics staff, are in line for urgent access to the state’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has reported.

The peak body welcomed the decision, which it said follows ongoing calls from it and other industry groups advocating on behalf of transport staff working in Sydney Covid ‘hot spots’ and other high-risk environments throughout the latest outbreak of the virus.

"It’s a great win for our industry," RFNSW chief executive Simon O’Hara said.

"RFNSW has long argued that truckies and other freight and logistics workers needed to be protected, if they were expected to continue working around the clock throughout the pandemic.

"We’ve also been concerned that mandatory surveillance testing means that our members are lining-up for COVID tests every three days, putting them at greater risk of exposure, in areas of south west and western Sydney where the virus is spreading so quickly.

"That’s why providing these frontline workers with immediate access to the vaccination roll-out is a common-sense decision which will protect the health and well-being of an essential workforce.

"The fact is, we simply cannot afford to compromise the safety of truckies and risk any disruptions in the delivery of essential food, groceries and medicines to the community through local supply chains."

O’Hara said RFNSW will continue to work with state and federal governmemts to provide members with further updates on vaccination access.

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Meanwhile, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) said in "a terrific effort of ongoing industry advocacy pressure", supermarkets have successfully approved a targeted vaccine rollout to protect NSW Food security and supermarkets in Western Sydney.

Aldi, Coles, Woolworths Group and Metcash have worked with the federal and New South Wales governments on a public health initiative for a targeted vaccine rollout developed for workers at critical food distribution centres for NSW, and those who work in supermarkets within the five designated LGAs of Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield and Liverpool.

"Western Sydney is home to several significant distribution centres that provide food to hundreds of supermarkets across Sydney, regional NSW and other parts of the country," the ALC noted.

"Protecting the ongoing operation of these sites is critical to maintaining food security."


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