Woolies to offer staff paid leave to get COVID-19 vaccine

Woolworths is taking extra steps to make sure its workers in stores and distribution centres are vaccinated, CEO Brad Banducci said.

Woolies to offer staff paid leave to get COVID-19 vaccine

Woolworths is taking extra steps to make sure its workers in stores and distribution centres are vaccinated.

CEO Brad Banducci made the announcement in an email to customers this afternoon.

"It is now clear that accelerating the rate of vaccination in Australia is key to protecting our communities and loved ones and the easing of restrictions," he said.

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"It is also essential to ensuring our teams are able to continue to provide food to Australian communities - something they do with pride every day."

He said the supermarket chain would be rolling out a number of initiatives, with state and federal government support, to support staff in getting the jab.

Woolworths will establish pop-up vaccination clinics at "key food-related distribution centres" in south-west Sydney to provide teams working onsite access to vaccines.

Store teams in the five most-affected LGAs in south-west Sydney will be able to secure early vaccination appointments at the nearby Homebush Vaccination Centre.

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Mr Banducci said Woolworths would also provide up to eight hours of paid leave for full-time and part-time team members to receive their vaccination.

"These are important steps in helping protect our team so they can continue to provide food for all Australians," he said.

Mr Banducci urged customers to abide by safety protocols while in stores, including checking in with a QR code, maintaining social distancing, and shopping efficiently.

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Driver reveals grief after killing his best mate in a high-speed crash

South Australian man Nicholas Holbrook was 18 when he was killed by his best mate Phillip.

Driver reveals grief after killing his best mate in a high-speed crash

South Australian man Nicholas Holbrook was 18 when he was killed by his best mate Phillip in a high-speed crash.

Mr Holbrook died when the car he was a passenger in slammed into a tree on West Lakes Boulevard in the Adelaide suburb of Westlakes in 2009.

The crash was devastating for both the first responders that attended and Mr Holbrook's parents Glynis and Michael.

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In never-before-seen interviews, they're telling their stories to warn South Australians about the long-term trauma of car crashes.

Phillip, the driver, will also expose the psychological and emotional scars left by the experience of killing his best mate.

SA Police Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams said the interviews warn "that one stupid act on the road can cause life-long damage".

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"Nobody wants to live with that guilt," Deputy Commissioner Williams said.

Appearing on TV from Sunday, the campaign includes 13 different commercials which will be released gradually to build the story of Mr Holbrook's crash from various perspectives.

The first will be Phillip's account of the moment he learned his driving had caused his best mate's death.

The campaign will also appear on billboards, in shopping centres, online and on social media.

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Police Minister Vincent Tarzia said these are "real stories told by real people".

"I can't see a situation where people wouldn't be affected in some way by these heartbreaking stories," Mr Tarzia said.

"Watching this campaign resonated with me on so many levels – as a father-to-be, a son, a brother, a friend."

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