Protecting people who work at quarantine facilities is an essential part of protecting people who are at higher risk of exposure and reducing the risk of COVID-19 in the community. The regular testing of workers and ensuring access to vaccination are key to reducing the risk of transmission into the community.
If you work at or attend a quarantine (or isolation) site you need to be screened and tested regularly for COVID-19. Refer to testing of workers at government-designated quarantine sites.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) provided a recommendation in late June 2021 that included mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of workers at quarantine facilities. States and territories are adopting the recommendation, and Tasmania is implementing a Direction, Mandatory vaccination of certain workers, under section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997.
By the 17 September 2021, workers are required to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or a valid exemption to their supervisor, or they will not be permitted to enter or remain on the premises of a quarantine facility.
The Direction covers people who enter a quarantine facility for work, and people who are contracted by the Tasmanian Government to transport travellers during their quarantine period. It does not apply to people who are on site solely to deliver or collect items, or people who are responding to an emergency.
The employer of people who work at a quarantine facility, or provide transport services to travellers requiring to quarantine, are required to notify each person to whom the Direction applies of the obligation to be sufficiently vaccinated by 17 September 2021.
The employer must keep a record of each persons vaccination status, including those who are exempt. The employer must be able to provide these records to authorised officers upon request.
What do we mean by a quarantine facility?
These are government-designated hotel quarantine sites:
- Ibis Styles Hotel, 173 Macquarie Street, Hobart
- Best Western Hobart, 156 Bathurst Street, Hobart
- UTAS Fountainside Accommodation, 40 Brooker Highway, Hobart
- Sunrise Motel, 140 North Fenton St, Devonport
- Peppers Seaport Hotel, 28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston
- Travelodge Hotel Hobart Airport, 1 Holyman Avenue, Cambridge
- Edgewater Hotel, 4 Thomas St, Devonport
- Travelodge Hotel Hobart, 167 Macquarie St, Hobart
- any other locations as designated by the Director of Public Health.
Vaccination FAQs for quarantine facilities
Due to the increased risk to the community from the delta strain of COVID-19 the Tasmanian Government, along with all states and territories, has 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.
Your employer or Manager will confirm with you that you require to be vaccinated and the evidence you need to provide. If you have any concerns about your health and vaccination or questions regarding a medical exemption speak with your GP or specialist.
By the 17 September 2021 people who work at a government-designated quarantine site, or provide transport to travellers during their quarantine period, are required to have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or provide evidence of a booking or medical exemption. For more information about vaccination including how to book a vaccine go to COVID-19 Vaccination.
If you have not yet received your first dose of vaccine you will need to provide evidence of your booking to your supervisor by 17 September 2021. When you receive your first dose and are booked for your second dose, you can get an immunisation history statement that shows your vaccination status.
There is a step by step guide, how to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations on the Services Australia webstie.
You will need to inform your supervisor by 17 September 2021 and provide evidence of your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, you can provide your immunisation history statement.
There is a step by step guide, how to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations on the Services Australia website.