Ag sector sets vax example
THE state’s agriculture sector has been praised as setting an example for workforce vaccinations against Covid-19.
Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner (pictured) visited meat processor JBS west of Toowoomba to congratulate the company on its efforts to keep its workers and the wider community safe.
JBS plant manager Justin McCormick said they understand their industry coincided with the safety of their employees, customers, partners, and communities, and they had made vaccinating their people a top priority.
“As Australia’s largest protein producer and manufacturer, we pride ourselves as leaders in people safety within the agriculture industry,” he said.
“We have implemented companywide procedures, consistent with the advice of both national and state health authorities, to ensure we limit the potential spread of coronavirus.
“We urge our team members and their families to get vaccinated to help protect themselves and ensure a safe work environment for all JBS employees at sites and plants across Australia.”
Mr Furner urged other industries to follow the lead of JBS in pushing for their employees to receive the jab.
“Businesses like JBS understand how vital a strong health response is to keeping the agricultural industry strong, so they have been encouraging all of their workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Mr Furner said.
“Agriculture is an essential industry in Queensland and a vital part of Queensland’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, so it was really important that the sector stood up when it comes to vaccinations.
“By doing this they make sure that fantastic Queensland produce still gets on plates domestically and around the world, protecting Queensland jobs and keeping more Queenslanders safe.
“Now we need unvaccinated Queenslanders to follow their example so we can once again welcome people from interstate and overseas to enjoy what we love about our state.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged greater freedoms for fully vaccinated people in the coming months, including interstate travel.