In the latest mandate, the Victorian Government has announced that a large group of ‘authorised workers’ will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 26 November 2021. Authorised workers must have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 15 October 2021, in order to attend a work premises.
Late yesterday, DH VIC confirmed that in-home and community aged care workers are in scope for mandatory vaccination requirements as part of the CHO’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. For the avoidance of doubt, the Directions will be amended shortly to clearly identify in-home and community aged care workers as in scope.
Aged care residents have unacceptably high rates of malnutrition. Malnutrition Week – October 4-8, 2021 – provides an opportunity to look at the causes, and ask what more can be done.
Reporting of the COVID-19 vaccination status of the aged care workforce of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and NATSIFACP home care providers will become mandatory from October 2021.
Residential aged care workers will be provided with priority access to COVID-19 vaccination through all Victorian vaccination clinics from Monday 23 August until Sunday 29 August 2021.
Public health orders on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination have now been released by Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. Victoria’s Department of Health has notified providers they need to ensure workers are vaccinated by Thursday 16 September. The scope of mandatory vaccination for Victorian workers is expected to adhere to the framework endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee earlier this month.
Aged Care Employee Day on Saturday 7 August is an annual celebration supporting and honouring Australia's aged care workforce. This year we reflect on the current state of the world, the bushfires earlier in the year, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
REMINDER: New weekly reporting requirements on COVID-19 vaccination status recently introduced for all residential, Home Care Package (HCP) and Short-term Restorative Care (STRC) providers will come into effect on Tuesday 27 July 2021.