The airline announced on Monday that they were in discussion with employees and unions to make the vaccine a requirement in order to keep the “wider Australian community safe”.
Virgin Australia is moving quickly with the proposal and plans to have all frontline staff vaccinated by November 15 and all office-based staff by March 31 next year.
Virgin Australian CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said vaccination was the only way back to normality as she announced the airline would be seeking to make the COVID-19 vaccine a requirement for staff. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images
“It is clear that vaccination is the only way back to normal freedom of movement and the richness in life that comes from spending meaningful, in person time with family, friends and colleagues,” Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said in a statement.
“Vaccination is the only solution to the situation Australia currently finds itself in, and something we have determined is vital to keep our team safe, given the high public exposure most of them encounter day to day.”
The move follows Qantas’ decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for its staff.
Ms Hrdlicka said the majority of Virgin Australia staff had already been vaccinated and the company would be listening to staff to ensure the best policy was found.
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A recent study found 75 per cent of Virgin’s frontline staff had already received their first vaccination while over 56 per cent of office-based staff who do not get priority access to the vaccine have had at least one jab.
Virgin Australia plans to have an official policy in place by next month and will be establishing an education campaign to “assure and inform” staff with concerns before the November 15 date.
“We know that some team members have questions and concerns about vaccinations,” the Virgin Australia CEO said.
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“Through an internal campaign of education with qualified experts, we aim to inform and assure as many of our team members as possible.”
In July a study conducted by the Transport Workers Union found airline workers had been worried about losing work while getting the vaccine. 
On Sunday over 57 per cent of eligible Australians had received at least one vaccine while 34 per cent had been fully vaccinated.

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