NAB offers jab: bank chief keen on vaccine

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The chief of one of Australia's largest employers says he would be happy to assist with the vaccine coronavirus rollout.

NAB boss Ross McEwan told a parliamentary inquiry on Friday the bank could make vaccines available in a similar way to it offering flu shots.

"I will be encouraging all my colleagues at NAB to be vaccinated and will support them to do so," Mr McEwan said.

"Last week as I had my flu shot at work, I was considering how large employers like NAB could assist with the rollout of the (COVID-19) vaccine.

"We would be happy to do so at the right time."

The federal government has fallen well short of its initial target of vaccinating four million people by the end of March, with the latest data showing a shade more than 1.4 million people have received a jab.

Mr McEwan said Australia needed a national plan for living with the virus.

"Short-term lockdowns in capital cities disrupt travel plans, they undermine confidence and deter activity," he said.

In addition, more arrangements like the travel bubble with New Zealand are needed.

"This will show that Australia can manage international arrivals which is critical for confidence," Mr McEwan said.