In an announcement last week, regional airline Rex, who service the Upper Spencer Gulf, have allegedly made Covid vaccinations mandatory for frontline staff.
All customer-facing staff at Rex will need to be fully vaccinated by November 1, making them the first Australian airline to achieve this goal.
Rex has been leading the way in stopping the spread of the virus with masks also mandatory on board since April last year.
Rex Deputy Chairman, John Sharp, says the airline has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for both passengers and staff.
"As we provide an essential service operating to regional centres and remote communities throughout Australia, it is incumbent upon us to do whatever we can to help those residents remain safe and healthy," says Mr Sharp.
A recent survey undertaken by the company found that the airline is on track for 90 percent of its workforce to be fully vaccinated by the deadline; while 8 percent are allegedly unsure about the vaccination and 2 percent are opposed.
Mr Sharp alleges the unvaccinated frontline staff will be offered a non-customer-facing role if possible, and they will be required to wear a mask while at work.