Rio Tinto partners with WA Government to launch ‘industry first’ vaccination blitz

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Rio Tinto is teaming up with the Western Australian Government to launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign targeting communities in the Pilbara and the fly-in fly-out workforce.

Rio said the move will result in the establishment of vaccination hubs in the Pilbara and at a trial clinic at Perth Airport to make vaccinations ‘more accessible’.

“Starting with Tom Price, planning is underway for hubs at several locations in the Pilbara, with vaccines available to members of the local community, Indigenous communities, Rio Tinto employees, contractors and their families,” the company said in a statement.

According to Rio Tinto’s statement, the company’s COVID-19 screening facilities at Perth Airport (T2 and T3) will also be modified to include ‘pop-up’ vaccination hubs to target workers returning to Perth.

“The hubs will initially be available to Rio Tinto’s FIFO workforce, who regularly travel to and from the Pilbara, with the option to expand the vaccination service to the wider FIFO community,” reads the statement.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Simon Trott said the initial vaccination blitz is expected to commence in September, subject to availability of vaccines.

“We are pleased to work in partnership with the WA Government on this industry-first vaccination blitz, which we expect will help boost vaccination rates in the Pilbara,” Mr Trott continued.

“This is an important development in our state’s effort to combat COVID-19.

“We know vaccinations are our best way out of this pandemic and we are very happy to convert our existing screening facilities, which have helped keep COVID-19 out of our operations and vulnerable communities for almost 18 months, to include vaccination hubs.”

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