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Resort owner Dr Jerry Schwartz mandates hotel staff vaccination
Medical doctor and resort owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz has mandated vaccination for hotel staff at his Paradise Resort Gold Coast to ensure staff and guests, particularly children, are protected and warns “vaccinate staff or hotel industry will perish”.
Dr Schwartz is one of the largest private owners of hotels in Australia and already his hotels that provide quarantine services for travellers require vaccination for staff members, but Paradise Resort Gold Coast will be the first non-quarantine hotel in the group to mandate COVID vaccinations for staff.
Paradise Resort has been consistently rated one of Australia’s premier family resorts over the past decade, and Dr Schwartz said that with so many unvaccinated children staying at the hotel it was essential for staff to be fully vaccinated.
Dr Schwartz said that he would like to see all staff fully vaccinated by the end of November so that they would be ready for the peak Christmas family holiday season. He would prefer an earlier date, but with many staff under 40, he was taking into account the restricted supplies of Pfizer.
“As both a medical doctor and a hotel owner, I believe that any face-to-face business, especially if it involves children, needs to have fully vaccinated staff,” noted Dr Schwartz.
“The hotel industry has been devastated by COVID and policies of governments, so it is essential we equip ourselves with the tools to drive a recovery once the country reaches 80% vaccination and travel returns to relative normality.
“However, we know that children under-12 cannot be vaccinated, and so to ensure the welfare of both our guests and our staff, we need to insist on mandatory vaccination, with the priority being for any staff who interact with guests, and then all staff working across the hotel.”
Dr Schwartz added “I have written to all staff at the hotel outlining the reasons for the mandatory vaccination and from initial feedback we believe that most staff are in full agreement, with many vaccinated and others in the process of getting vaccinated. After the disruptions to employment over the past 18 months, most can understand the need to take this initiative.
“It’s a case of vaccinate staff or the hotel industry could perish.
“I am talking to all the management companies operating my other hotels so that we can ensure that vaccination is implemented as a matter of urgency, as it is essential we place the hotel industry on the best possible footing to recover.
“Tourism businesses such as Qantas and Virgin have already announced that they will require vaccination for staff members and I believe the hotel industry should follow suit, given that we are a people-facing business which has a duty of care to ensure we eliminate risk for guests and provide a safe working environment. Not only do our guests have children aged under-12, so do a large number of our staff, and they are entitled to a safe workplace.”
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