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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

The Federal Government commenced roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to all Australians in February 2021.

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

View the Department of Health'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 vaccine will be rolled out to residential aged care facilities, home care and CHSP recipients and workers.

You can keep up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines on the Department of Health's learn about COVID-19 vaccines webpage.

 

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ACSA and LASA are working together on behalf of the Department of Health to provide advice and support to providers with lower vaccination rates. We are proactively approaching providers with lower vaccination rates to offer support. A range of resources and information, along with stories of vaccination success and how to achieve full vaccination of staff, are available on the Staff Vaccination Support Service website.
 

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

 

Mandatory vaccinations for aged care workers

National Cabinet announced on 28 June 2021 that it will be mandatory for all residential aged care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-September 2021.  You can access the framework on the parameters and limited exemptions for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for residential aged care workers, endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, on the Department’s website here.

See ACSA's Frequently Asked Questions on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, as at 15 July 2021.

It is important to stay up to date with public health orders as they are released by the states and territories on how mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will apply to residential aged care workers. 

 

COVID-19 vaccination recording and reporting requirements 

15 July 2021: The Government has introduced new requirements for providers of services in a residential aged care setting and for providers of home care packages and short-term restorative care services in home or community settings. These relate to the collection of records as well as weekly reporting on the COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and workers. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines - Is it true?

With the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for residential aged care workers, it's important that your staff, residents, families and friends have access to credible information that will address any concerns they may have around COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines - Is it true? addresses common misunderstandings and misinformation, and answers a number of common questions. 

 

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

This CALD Communities 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.

The North Western Melbourne PHN is working with local community leaders to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their ‘Goodbye COVID’ multicultural video campaign features more than 60 volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, speaking in over 20 languages about COVID-19 vaccination, providing reliable information to people in their first language. You can view it here