Information for workers in health care settings
This information is not intended as clinical guidance for health care workers directly caring for confirmed, probable or suspect cases of COVID-19. Information is also applicable for health care organisations.
Mandatory vaccination of workers in health care settings
The Tasmanian Government announced the requirement for all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
For more information about vaccination including how to book an appointment go to COVID-19 Vaccination.
Workers who are required to be vaccinated
The Mandatory vaccination of certain workers No.3 direction, which was issued by the Director of Public Health on 10 September 2021, and directs that on and after 31 October 2021, a person is not be permitted to enter, or remain on, the premises of a medical or health facility for employment, engagement (including volunteering), placement, or work experience, unless the person is sufficiently vaccinated against COVID-19.
Medical or health facilities include:
- hospitals, both public and private and day-procedure centres;
- premises owned, or operated by or on behalf of, the Department of Health;
- commercial premises where health and medical services or treatments are provided on a regular basis; and
The direction also requires non-health workers within these medical or health facilities to be sufficiently vaccinated, such as security personnel, cleaners, maintenance, catering and administration staff.
In addition, on and after 31 October 2021, a person is not permitted to provide health and medical services and treatments unless the person is sufficiently vaccinated. Health and medical services or treatments include treatments provided by:
- a person who is registered in the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law; or
- a person who is registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practice a health profession; or
- ambulance services, or non-emergency patient transport services.
- Education settings in which health care students are managed to undertake placement, registration, and/or internships in clinical settings for example UTAS and TasTAFE
- A reminder if students are doing placements in residential aged care settings, they need to be vaccinated before 31 October. Aged care workers including students, have to have had their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine, or a vaccination booking, by 17 September 2021 or provide evidence of vaccination intention (ie. booking for vaccination) or a completed vaccination exemption form.
This includes the following professions:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, Aboriginal health practitioner, Torres Strait Islander health practitioner);
- Chinese medicine (including Chinese medicine practitioner, Chinese herbal dispenser, Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, Oriental medicine practitioner, Acupuncturist);
- Chiropractic (Chiropractor);
- dental (including dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist and oral health therapist);
- medical (Medical practitioner);
- medical radiation practice (Medical radiation practitioner, Diagnostic radiographer, Medical imaging technologist, Radiographer, Nuclear medicine scientist, Nuclear medicine technologist, Radiation therapist);
- midwifery (Midwife, Midwife practitioner);
- nursing (Nurse, Registered nurse, Nurse practitioner, Enrolled nurse);
- occupational therapy (Occupational therapist);
- optometry (Optometrist, Optician);
- osteopathy (Osteopath);
- paramedicine (Paramedic);
- pharmacy (Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical chemist);
- physiotherapy (Physiotherapist, Physical therapist);
- podiatry (Podiatrist, Chiropodist); and
- psychology (Psychologist).
In addition, the direction also includes the following allied health professionals:
- art therapist.
- counsellor holding a Master of Counselling from a tertiary institution;
- exercise physiologist;
- genetic counsellor;
- occupational therapist;
- music therapist;
- rehabilitation counsellor;
- social worker;
- sonographer; and
- speech pathology;
All Department of Health employees and contractors are also required to be vaccinated.
Mandatory vaccination FAQs
The General FAQs on Workers in aged care facilities and organisations page provide extra resources as well as these FAQs below:
Yes. Due to the increased risk to the community from the delta strain of COVID-19 the Tasmanian Government, along with all states and territories, have adopted this recommendation from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).
Vaccination against COVID-19 will help protect you, your family, and the Tasmanian community.
Some people with specific medical conditions may be exempt. Talk with your GP or Specialist if you need to discuss a medical exemption. Your GP or Specialist will need to complete the vaccination exemption form.
There are certain high-risk workplaces in Tasmania that require workers to be vaccinated and that maybe your workplace.
Find out more information about vaccinations including how to book a vaccine go to COVID-19 Vaccination.
The employee must provide one or more of the following documents to their employer:
- a copy of their Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register, operated by or on behalf of the Commonwealth Government
- OR a copy of their COVID-19 digital certificate
- If first dose received, a copy of their Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register, and evidence of second dose appointment
- If not yet vaccinated, evidence of their booking for a vaccination
- OR their vaccination exemption form
- Workers who cannot provide such evidence will not be permitted to enter their work premises if it is a medical or health facility or provide health and medical services if they are a health care worker
- There is a step by step guide to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online.
The Tasmanian Government has announced the requirement for all health care workers and workers in Tasmanian medical and health facilities, both public and private, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Workers will need to have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or provide evidence of a booking or exemption by 31 October 2021.
For more information about vaccination including how to book a vaccine go to COVID-19 Vaccination.
You can find out where you can get vaccinated and book an appointment by visiting Book Your Vaccine.
Vaccinations are available from:
- Tasmanian Government Community Clinics
- Some GP clinics
- GP-led respiratory clinics
- Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
If you have not yet received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine you will need to provide evidence of your booking to your supervisor by 31 October 2021.
When you receive your first dose and are booked for your second dose, you can get an immunisation history statement to provide evidence of your vaccination status.
There is a step-by-step guide to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online
You will need to inform your supervisor by 31 October 2021 and provide evidence of your vaccination status.
If you have been fully vaccinated, you will need to provide a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
If you have received your first dose, you can get an immunisation history statement, and also need to provide evidence of your booking to receive your second dose.
There is a step-by-step guide to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online.
Yes, this includes health care professionals that work in a range of settings and some of these may be educational, eg. a teaching hospital.
The Tasmanian Government has announced the requirement for workers in medical and health care settings, both public and private, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes all employees in these settings, as well as all workers providing health and medical services or treatments. Workers need to have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or provide evidence of a booking or exemption by 31 October 2021.
A reminder if students are doing placements in residential aged care settings, they need to be vaccinated before 31 October 2021. Aged care workers including students, have to have had their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine, or a vaccination booking, by 17 September 2021, or provide evidence of vaccination intention (ie. booking for vaccination) or a completed vaccination exemption form.
No. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommend that pregnant people be routinely offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for a pregnant person and their unborn baby.
Pregnant people are encouraged to discuss getting vaccinated with their health professional. People trying to get pregnant do not need to delay getting vaccinated or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.
No, not if you are entering health or medical facilities in the context of a visitor then you are not required to be vaccinated.
Persons providing services to elderly persons within their homes, that are not health or medical services or treatments, are not required to be vaccinated.
However, as such persons are dealing with elderly persons, it is recommended that you are vaccinated.
The direction includes all health professionals registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which includes Dentists, Dental therapists, Dental hygienists and Dental prosthetists and Oral health therapists.
The requirement to be vaccinated also includes people working in any capacity in health care settings in- clinical, administrative, or other - in the settings.
The direction includes all health professionals registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and the requirement to be vaccinated also includes people who are on the premises of a medical or health facility for employment, engagement (including volunteering), placement, or work experience.