“Social enterprise Ability Works, in the Melbourne suburb of Kew, has 11 per cent of its 180-strong workforce of people with disability vaccinated with one dose.
The non-profit’s CEO, Sue Boyce, said low rates of vaccination in both the disability and wider community have not only created anxiety for her employees, but also threatened the ability of the enterprise to deliver on commercial contracts.
“We would prefer to have everyone vaccinated as soon as possible because the cost in the workplace of having someone catch COVID-19 would be astronomical,” she said.
“If we had a single case of COVID-19 we would have to shut down the entire workplace because we have a vulnerable population. We couldn’t bring people back to work until they were COVID-free.”