Opinion

Protecting farms and their workers against COVID-19

By Allan Dingle, Queensland Farmers' Federation President
November 17 2021 - 1:00am
Protecting farms and their workers against COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created significant and ongoing challenges for the Queensland agriculture sector. As an essential service, agribusinesses and their workers are critical for farming activities and the agricultural supply chain. If a farm or agribusiness facility was locked down due to a COVID-19 outbreak among its workers, it would disrupt the supply of produce, impact the welfare of animals, and cause economic losses to the agribusiness. As a result, employers are encouraged to promote the COVID-19 vaccine to their workers to minimise the risk of business lockdowns, and protect families, colleagues and the community. However, those exploring the implementation of a mandatory vaccination policy for their workers should consider a range of issues.

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