WAMMCO announces 100 per cent first COVID dose milestone at Katanning facility

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Iowane Fanuku receives his jab.
Camera IconIowane Fanuku receives his jab. Credit: supplied

Katanning’s abattoir has achieved a flawless vaccination rate with 100 per cent of its workers now having received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The WA Meat Marketing Co-operative confirmed to the Herald earlier this week that all of its near-350 employees at the Katanning facility had complied with the State Government directive requiring all workers in meat processing facilities to have received at least one jab by the start of this month.

Plant manager Tony Bessell said the milestone was not without its hiccups.

“On the first day, there were 11 employees that didn’t provide the necessary documents in the morning,” he said.

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“By the end of the day, nine presented the necessary documents, and the two remaining employees supplied their documents the next day.”

The company has extended the mandate to contractors and other visitors to the site, with some being turned away due to the policy.

The next major challenge for WAMMCO will be ensuring their employees meet WA’s deadline for second doses, set to come into effect on December 31.

However, the company is “very confident” it will be able to meet the deadline,” Mr Bessell said.

It is the second abattoir in the State to confirm all its employees had met the vaccination deadline, with Fletcher International last confirming its employees at Narrikup had also met the target.

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