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ANZ CEO wants to offer COVID-19 vaccines on site

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People line up in Sydney wearing masks. Gloved hands preparing a COVID-19 vaccine. ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott on a blue background. The exterior of an ANZ branch.
ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott said businesses need to make it as easy as possible for Aussies to be vaccinated (Source: Getty/ANZ)

Aussie businesses need to be able to help their employees get vaccinated by making it as easy as possible, ANZ (ANZ.AX) CEO Shayne Elliott said.

Speaking on 3AW radio Elliott said the situation with vaccines in Australia is “frustrating” and the bank is prepared to step up to do its part.

“We have to make it easy. I think this is a ridiculous analogy, but I was thinking about how we got over plastic bag shopping at the supermarkets. We sort of got over it because we made it easy. We have to make this easy for people,” Elliott said.

“And so that's why as an employer, we're really keen to be able to provide vaccines on site, so that our people can just get on with it. I think we've got to make it as easy as possible.”

Elliott said the images of long lines at testing and vaccination clinics isn't helping to encourage Aussies to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“None of us like seeing those shots on the TV with those extraordinarily long lines. That doesn't make it look like a fun thing. Things I think we got to make it as simple as possible,” he said.

“Employers have a really big role for onsite vaccinations, certainly from our perspective it's the way to go.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: People queue up at the New South Wales Health mass vaccination hub in Homebush on July 15, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Lockdown restrictions have been extended for at least a further two weeks as NSW continues to record new community COVID-19 cases. Residents of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong are subject to stay-at-home orders with people are only permitted to leave their homes for essential reasons. Essential reasons include purchasing essential goods, accessing or providing care or healthcare, essential work, education or exercise. Exercise is restricted to within the local government area and no further than 10km from home and with a maximum of two people per group. Browsing in shops is prohibited and only one person per household can leave home for shopping per day. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people, while funerals are limited to 10 people only. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until 11:59pm on Friday 30 July. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
People queue up at the New South Wales Health mass vaccination hub in Homebush on July 15, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Source: Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

This comes as Australia has the lowest vaccination rate in the developed world, which is damaging our economic recovery.

There are concerns that the slow rollout will lead to Australia being plunged into a recession reversing the country’s incredible economic recovery.

ANZ’s desire to supply vaccinations to workers comes after several major businesses including Woolworths offered to host Covid-19 vaccine hubs.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealed earlier this month some of the nation's largest companies had thrown their support behind Australia's rollout and were willing to assist where possible.

Among those in discussions was Wesfarmers, which owns Coles, Officeworks and Bunnings, Commonwealth banks, Telstra, Virgin and Qantas.

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