The Chronicle

Ag sector sets vax example

- JARRARD POTTER

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.

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