Proximity supports vaccination rollout via employee vaccination policy and donation to The Australian Royal Flying Doctors
We are proud to announce our workplace policy that requires all employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated if performing Proximity related activities outside of the home. The policy also requires all visitors to Proximity premises and events to be fully vaccinated.
The announcement comes after extensive consultation with our employees ahead of returning to work, with 100% of Proximity staff across our Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide locations now being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Proximity co-founder and Director James Dunn said the health and safety of our people, clients, partners, suppliers, and the community is the number one priority. This is especially true as restrictions ease and people start to move around more freely and return to face-to-face work.
“This new policy helps protect our people and those we work and connect with and maximises the safe continuation of our services to clients. We’ve undertaken a thorough risk assessment including evaluation of the regulatory environment, the health risks and undertaken extensive staff consultation, and we strongly believe that this is the right way forward”.
Our strong support of the vaccination rollout extends further than internal policy, with Proximity donating $1,000 to The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to aid their delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to rural and remote locations in Australia.
“It was extremely important for us to not just to support vaccination in our workplace, but to support it across the broader community. Donating to RFDS is in-line with one of our key Community Program goals – assisting First Nation Australians and communities, including those who are most vulnerable. This donation will aid the rollout of the vaccine and COVID-19 related medical support to these vulnerable communities”, stated James.
The RFDS plays an important part in our nation’s pandemic response, working closely with the Commonwealth, Aboriginal Medical Services, Primary Health Networks, Local Hospital Districts and State governments. The RFDS has conducted 5,950 patient episodes of care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 transporting patients between regional hospitals and metro tertiary hospitals for care and has given approximately 60,000 vaccination doses across rural and remote Australia.
Melissa Perkins, PR and Stakeholder Manager at RFDS, expressed that Proximity’s donation will be used to assist both front-line workers and rural communities, “Proximity’s support will help to keep the Flying Doctor providing vital emergency and primary health services to rural and remote Australia during this pandemic response. It will also support sourcing personal protective equipment supplies so that our communities, patients and front-line staff are protected.”
As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, Proximity will regularly review our vaccination policy to ensure it is meeting our key policy objective of minimising risk and our policies lead by example in the fight against COVID-19.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly; it was a decision based on our commitment to health and wellbeing, and we are proud of our policy that does our bit to protect the health of our people, their families, our clients and the communities in which we operate.”