Salon juggernaut Just Cuts has presented their company vaccination plan, reflecting an important model for the upcoming phase of the pandemic that will require full vaccinations.

Following the NSW Government roadmap to reopening that will see salons open at 70 per cent fully vaccinated for citizens over 16, the company has outlined the vaccination status of their employees.

85 per cent of Just Cuts stylists have had at least one vaccine dose, including 55 per cent who are fully vaccinated, in preparation for salons reopening. 11 per cent are waiting for their first appointment, accounting for all Just Cuts employees without medical or personal exemption.

“As a close contact personal service we’ve always understood and appreciated the severity of the pandemic, which is why we’re seeing such high vaccination rates within our network,” said Just Cuts CEO Amber Manning. “We know from all the conversations our stylists have with their clients that there is still vaccine hesitancy in the community, when you sit in one of our salons no topic is off-limits. So that’s why Just Cuts stylists are cutting out the misinformation and getting vaccinated.”

The salon group also hopes clients will take up the cause, in order to get back to business and life in this next era of the pandemic. Once salons open again, five clients will be allowed in a salon at a time at a maximum, with the four square metre rule also in place.

“Our salons are no appointments, just walk in, so the five clients rule means there will be some wait times – I encourage everyone to download the Just Cuts app for contactless check in,” Amber said. “Some of our Stylists are also concerned about how assessing the vaccination status of clients will work, as that remains unclear. While these measures represent a first step on our road to reopening, there is still more work to do around securing COVID rent relief from commercial landlords for our small business owners.”

The company encourages all staff and clients to book their vaccine and do their part to get us on track to the new normal.

“At the moment we have so many stylists from regional NSW salons who are in the difficult situation of having to wait until November for their vaccination appointments,” Amber said. “And as our Victorian salons know only too well, at any time hairdressers in particular areas may again be subject to harsher restrictions if COVID case numbers increase.”

“So I encourage our clients to take the first available opportunity you have to get vaccinated, so we can see them again as soon as possible in our salons and fix up their at home hair,” she continued. “Vaccination is the best and fastest way to get our clients looking and feeling their very best again.”

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