Shepparton News

Supermarke­t jab mandate

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SYDNEY: Supermarke­t giants Woolworths and Coles plan to order their combined workforces — about 300,000 people — to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Woolworths wants all of its 170,000 workers to get their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by early next year to reduce the risk of infection.

Workers must be fully vaccinated in the ACT, NSW, NT, Victoria and WA by January 31, and by March 31 in South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

In the coming months, Coles will require workers to be vaccinated as a condition of working at stores, distributi­on centres and other sites in NSW, the ACT and Victoria, unless they have a valid exemption.

Government health orders also require Coles staff in the NT and Coles supermarke­t workers in WA to be vaccinated in order to work.

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