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COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out

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The Federal Government has announced the intention to roll-out the COVID-19 vaccine to all Australians commencing in February 2021.

The Australian COVID-19 vaccination program will commence with priority populations including aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers.

Click here for the latest resources from the Department of Health, detailing practical requirements for the vaccine roll-out, including obtaining and recording consent.

Click here to subscribe to receive the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccines Updates.
 

COVID-19 vaccine aged care readiness toolkit

Information to assist residential aged care providers plan for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, including obtaining and recording consent, preparing your facility for vaccination day, monitoring and reporting adverse events, and resources.Click here to access the toolkit
 

COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out: information for aged care providers

Learn about the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out to residential aged care facilities. Find resources for workers, residents and their families.

 


View the Department's summary of key information for aged care providers and workers about COVID-19 vaccines, including the stakeholder kit for aged care providers and how the vaccines will be rolled out to residential aged care facilities, home care and CHSP recipients and workers.

 

 


 

Department of Health: COVID-19 vaccines website

News and information for Australians about the development, approval process and plans for COVID-19 vaccines.
Click here to view
 

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Implementation Plan - COVID-19 Vaccination Program

This implementation plan sets out principles to ensure that information and services for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program are delivered in appropriate languages and formats for people from cultutrally and linguistically diverse communities, and within appropriate facilities and locations.
Click here to view


Understanding your privacy obligations to staff

Privacy is only one of many factors to consider when asking employees whether they have received a COVID-19 vaccination (their ‘vaccination status’). the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has put together information for businesses to help guide you in your privacy obligations around staff vaccinations. Click here to view

 

ACSA Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Aged Care Providers

19 January 2021: ACSA hosted a webinar regarding the national roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Dr Chris Moy (Board Director from Australian Medical Association) addressed many of the medical questions from ACSA members and Libby Pallot (Principal from Russell Kennedy) addressed some of the complex legal and employment issues associated with whether vaccination is mandated by Government or otherwise. Aged care residents and workers in residential aged care being the first priority for early access.

Please find the Q&A from this webinar here (note there are some questions currently being followed up with the Department of Health), and a video recording of the webinar can be accessed here.


ACSA's Advocacy Position

22 January 2021:
ACSA CEO, Patricia Sparrow, made the following statement regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in aged care:

"Our aged care workers are on the frontline of keeping older Australians protected from COVID-19 and they should be a high priority when a safe, effective vaccine is available.

"Aged care providers have been following guidelines set by health authorities. Today health authorities advised that vaccination will not be a workforce requirement in aged care. We support the Government monitoring the situation and appreciate there might be a change at some point in the future. Providers will encourage takeup of the vaccine, as we do every year for the flu vaccine.

"Vaccination alone is not the complete solution to keeping aged care residents and staff safe from COVID-19.

"As long as COVID-19 is circulating in our community, vaccination must be complemented with other prevention and control measures, such as the use of PPE and staff training, and prevention measures by the community, for example not visiting facilities if feeling unwell."


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For more information, you can:

  • Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Visit the Department of Health website.
  • Contact ACSA's Member Support Line on 1300 877 855 or email memberadvice@acsa.asn.au.

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