The Western Australian Government will make it mandatory for the state’s port workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can access and undertake some roles on an ‘exposed’ vessel.
Fly-in-fly-out workers will soon be able to get their COVID-19 vaccination at Perth Airport following an industry-first partnership between Rio Tinto and the Western Australia Government.
The Queensland Resources Council has supported state Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young’s decision to include fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in a new priority vaccination list.
Newmont has stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations after the company’s Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory was placed under care and maintenance due to an outbreak at the site in late June.
Ok Tedi Mining has aimed to achieved herd immunity through its testing and vaccination program to ensure staff, contractors, Tabubil town residents and the local community in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are protected from COVID-19.
Rio Tinto has upped the ante of its COVID-19 testing at Perth Airport by introducing antigen screening on all company fly-in, fly-out workers travelling to and from mine sites.