September 2, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Sydney-based Lateral Events haven’t put a vaccine mandate in place for staff to be immunised against COVID-19, but the team of 11 are all on track to be fully vaccinated.

Sixty percent of staff have had both jabs with the rest having had at least one or booked in to get their first.

“Given that we work in an industry that brings people together, it is heartening to see our whole team taking their own initiative to get themselves vaccinated,” said Lateral Events General Manager, Megan Peters.

“I am proud to work with a group of peers who have considered all options and made their own decision to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the wider industry.”

According to a statement from the company, “with no real guidelines released yet as to what the future mandates may look like for events, the team felt that it was important to be able to offer clients and guests the comfort of knowing their event team is fully vaccinated”.

Said Lateral’s Head of Premium Events, Isabelle Cherry, “Getting my vaccination felt like a real milestone in the progression of the pandemic.

“The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for many industries and getting vaccinated made me feel joyous that I was personally contributing to business recovery.”

“I have chosen to get vaccinated so that I can help shape a safer and more confident future for everyone,” said Event Coordinator, Rachel Tibbertsma.

“We are an industry that has been crippled by lockdowns, but if we can do our part in building a gateway to freedom for our industry to recover, count me in.”

“I am so proud that the team have taken this initiative without any need for incentive or company policy” said CEO Simon Baggs.

“They have all quietly and diligently organised themselves to ensure our company is ready for the return of live events.”

Lateral was able to deliver 22 events and four public theatre shows in April and May this year, but since Sydney’s lockdown hit, have seen the cancellation of 47 events and three theatre shows, alongside plenty of postponements.