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NAB STAFF WOULD TAKE STAB AT MANDATED JABS

- RICHARD GLUYAS

We have a light at the end of the tunnel Ross McEwan

NATIONAL Australia Bank might consider mandated vaccinatio­n as the Covid-19 situation “evolves”, after a staff survey found that more than two-thirds of workers supported the initiative.

In an email to the bank’s 31,000 workers, chief executive Ross McEwan said 71 per cent of 11,000 respondent­s to the survey supported compulsory workplace jabs.

The bank, he said, was not considerin­g such a measure.

“But as the Covid situation evolves, we need to be thinking about whether further measures are warranted to keep our colleagues and customers safe,” Mr McEwan said.

The survey also found that two-thirds of respondent­s

were finding the current situation, with half the country in lockdowns, “quite challengin­g”.

They cited a lack of social contact, movement restrictio­ns and the inability to attend activities outside the home.

Mr McEwan acknowledg­ed the negative impact on staff and customers, saying Victorians had been stuck at home for more than 215 days and NSW was in its 10th straight week of lockdown.

On the upside, however, the national cabinet’s plan offered hope, with restrictio­ns to ease when 70-80 per cent of eligible Australian­s were vaccinated.

These thresholds were now “in sight” – at current rates, more than 80 per cent of those eligible would have their first jab by the end of this month and would be fully vaccinated in about 75 days, or mid-November.

“We have a light at the end of the tunnel,” Mr McEwan said.

At NAB, he said, almost two-thirds of the workforce had received at least one shot of Covid vaccine, with 40 per cent fully vaccinated.

Of those yet to receive a jab, 70 per cent said they intended to take up the opportunit­y.

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National Australia Bank CEO Ross McEwan has released
 ??  ?? the results of a staff survey into the pandemic. Picture: Aaron Francis/The Australian
the results of a staff survey into the pandemic. Picture: Aaron Francis/The Australian

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