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3 March 2022: Dedicated Vaccination Hubs for care workers
The Department of Health has provided an updated list of dedicated vaccination hubs for the aged care workforce, as at 3 March. It is important that workers and providers understand that these hubs are time limited. If these hubs offer a more convenient option for getting booster vaccinations, please ensure you book appointments without delay.

21 February 2022: Personal protective equipment supply
For up to date PPE supply data and supply contacts, visit the Vic Department of Health IPC webpage - PPE tab. This website include the weekly personal protective equipment (PPE) supply update (PPT) for the health services sector, with current information about stock availability, weeks of cover at current and peak use, and an overview of the supply of each of the two models of P2/N95 respirators. Read more

21 February 2022: Updated Factsheet: COVID-19 PPE guidance for residential aged care facilities
The updated factsheet, COVID-19 PPE guidance for residential aged care facilities (v3) has been published on the Department of Health IPC webpage - Aged Care tile. This update includes major content changes, deletion of all PPE tables, insertion of content from updates 'conventional use of PPE guidelines', and revision of implementation guidance. Download now

17 February 2022: Summary of reporting requirements for home care COVID-positive clients
State-specific guidelines have been provided for Victorian providers of in-home care, to clarify reporting requirements for Covid-positive clients. Read more

14 February 2022: Waste Management - survey and updated advice
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has amended its guidance regarding the disposal of COVID-19 related PPE waste at aged care facilities. This advice relates to waste arising from the treatment of COVID-19 patients and does not apply to waste related to other communicable diseases or otherwise classified clinical waste. Read more

The Victorian Government has developed a weekly survey for clinical facilities, to understand current volumes of clinical waste stored on site and waste managment constraints. Providers can complete the survey here to provide valuable information to assist in the ongoing pandemic response. 

10 February 2022: Deadline extended for third dose vaccination for key workers
The 12 February 2022 deadline for workers in key sectors, including aged care, to have received their COVID-19 third dose vaccination will be extended by four weeks. By 12 March 2022, eligible healthcare workers will need to provide evidence of their COVID-19 third dose vaccination. Any of those workers who have not received a third dose by 12 February 2022, must provide evidence of a booking to receive their COVID-19 third dose before 12 March 2022, otherwise they cannot work. Read more

20 January 2022: Residential Aged Care Facilities - updated guidance
The following updated guidance for residential aged care facilities has been released by the Victorian Department of Health:

16 January 2022: Millions of rapid tests land in Victoria, more to come
The Victorian Government has received the first major delivery of 3 million Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) from its recent bulk order of 44 million, with distribution to key workforces to commence from tomorrow. Workers in sensitive settings and essential workforces will be prioritised to receive the RATs as part of the initial rollout. This includes essential workers in our health system, emergency services, and disability and aged care services. Read more

14 January 2022: Workers who are COVID-19 contacts - a guide for Residential Aged Care Facilities
The Victorian Department of Health has updated their guidance for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to explain when workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 are permitted to continue working and the conditions that apply. Download the guidance

10 January 2022: Mandatory booster vaccinations and changes to visitor access
Victoria has announced that residential aged care workers must have their booster vaccination by 1 March 2022. ACSA is currently seeking clarification around the requirements for Home Care workers.

Also announced that aged care residents will be permitted a maximum of five visitors per day, if those visitors have tested negative on a RAT, or two visitors per day if no RATs are available. There is no change to any requirement for visitors to be vaccinated.