Vaccination Support and Incentives

With the country’s emphasis on getting as many Australians vaccinated as quickly as possible, we thought it would be useful to collate and share what a lot of our Clients and other Australia businesses are doing to help support or incentivise their staff to get this done. 
 
Through the conversations we have had with our Clients we learnt that as a minimum, most Employers are allowing their people additional time off to get the vaccine done and to help them recover if they become unwell as a result of the vaccine. It also seems that many companies are willing to do more to help get the vaccine roll-out done more quickly, by using their office space as a hub to administer the vaccine for example. ; but the lack of supply and other political hurdles have meant that there has not been much they can do to help speed things up. 
 
Below are some of the stand-out schemes and stories we discovered through discussions with the following company’s Chief HR Officer or CEO: 
 
Gilbert + Tobin are matching their staff member’s first vaccination jab with the sponsorship of 2 full vaccinations to a developing nation via UNICEF. Staff advise the firm of their vaccination via an anonymous form, which just discloses their office location. This is providing G+T with a great understanding of how many of their staff are vaccinated (as they are seeing more of an uptake in vaccinations and reporting since the firm announced their donation program). Since announcing the program they are now at well-over the average vaccination rate for each state that they operate in.
 
Tip Top Foods are running a raffle in NSW and Victoria, whereby every vaccinated employee receives a ticket to the company raffle. Prizes include gift vouchers and TVs etc…  Once you show confirmation you have had the vaccine, you get a ticket. 
 
Perpetual has given staff a whole day of ‘Vaccine leave’ to utilise when receiving their vaccinations.

Genea are entering all staff who are fully vaccinated into a prize draw with the prize a 7-day holiday at a 5-star hotel and flights for 2 to Hawaii. 
 
Telstra have announced an incentive for all their staff who get vaccinated, where through their reward program they will get 200 points (equivalent to $200) when they have both jabs.
 
CBA was one of the first employers to roll out rapid antigen testing at branches within Covid hotspots and they have also been working with the Ministry of Health to offer vaccine testing hubs for all CBA staff and families/households at several branches in the most affected LGAs. 
 
Qantas: Are offering any of their customers who are vaccinated to enter a prize draw to win a number of prizes including a year’s supply of flights! 
 
Mirvac partnered with the government to trial the rapid antigen testing on construction sites. They are also surveying all employees right now to gauge whether they want Mirvac to do anything further to support their vaccination including understanding their attitudes and feelings on it all. 
 
Virgin Australia says it is offering the chance to win free flights and reward points for any of their customers who are vaccinated. 
 
Transurban is targeting vaccinated customers with a new competition starting in September that gives customers of its Linkt retail brand a chance to win $100 toll road vouchers. Customers also have a chance to win two electric vehicles.
 
Melbourne’s Classic and Lido cinemas are providing free popcorn and choc-tops to vaccinated customers!

And overseas, we heard that…
 
Vanguard (and some others) in the USA are offering $1000 USD cash incentives for those who get vaccinated.