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Media release: Australian business leaders call on employers to offer paid vaccination leave

Published: Tuesday, July 20th 2021

Australian business leaders call on employers to offer paid vaccination leave

20 July 2021: Lendi Group (Aussie and Lendi brands), Domain Group, Prospa, Zip Co, Honey Insurance, Athena and Valiant Finance today announced paid vaccination leave for all permanent employees and are calling on the wider Australian business community and leaders to do the same.

The companies have launched the [Great Aussie Vaccine Drive](http://greataussievaccinedrive.com/) and pledged to offer employees paid leave for both doses, should they choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We can see from the events unfolding around the country that getting vaccinated is crucial in protecting Australians and building towards a new COVID normal for all of us,” said David Hyman, co-founder and CEO of Lendi Group. “Between family, work commitments and waitlists, it can be hard to schedule a vaccination time outside of traditional office hours and that’s why we are making it easier for people who are eligible and want to get vaccinated, to do so.”

“Throughout the pandemic, myself and the broader executive team at Lendi Group along with other business leaders that we are uniting with, have pledged to act early and take steps that empower our people to protect their wellbeing and that of our customers, business partners and the broader community. This is just an extension of that commitment.”

Mr Hyman is joined by Zip co-founder and global CEO Larry Diamond, Prospa co-founder and CEO Greg Moshal, Honey Insurance founder and CEO Richard Joffe, Domain Group CEO Jason Pellegrino, Athena co-founder and CEO Nathan Walsh, Valiant CEO Alex Molloy in launching the vaccine drive, and together, they are urging others to consider ways they can support employees who wish to get vaccinated.

“It’s our role as larger employers to think flexibly and make it easier for our people to access the Government’s vaccination program if they want to,” added Hyman.

Employers looking to get on board can visit [greataussievaccinedrive.com](http://greataussievaccinedrive.com/) for more information, to pledge their support, download resources and help spread the word.

About the Great Aussie Vaccine Drive

The Great Aussie Vaccine Drive is a group of Australian businesses who have banded together to make it easier for employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they choose to do so.

Businesses taking part in the Great Aussie Vaccine Drive have committed to providing paid vaccination leave to their permanent employees so they have more flexibility when scheduling and attending their vaccination appointments during the Government’s vaccine roll out program.

The Great Aussie Vaccine Drive pledge:

- Provide permanent employees with paid leave accessible twice, for both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine.

- Make paid vaccination leave available to employees throughout the Government’s vaccine roll out.

- Provide paid vaccination leave or flexible options to make it easier for casual employees to attend vaccination appointments.

For further information and media interviews, please contact:

Georgie Pickett-Heaps, Lendi Group on 0402 633 806

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