Residential, In-home and community aged care

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2021 9:29am

Mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers

The Director of Public Health has signed a Direction, Mandatory Vaccination of Certain Workers, under Section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997. This direction requires workers or volunteers at a residential aged care facility to have had their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine, or a vaccination booking, by 17 September 2021.

Mandatory vaccination of in-home and community aged care workers

The Director of Public Health has signed a Direction, Mandatory Vaccination of Certain Workers, under Section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997. This direction requires workers or volunteers in the delivery of in-homeand community aged care services to have had their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine, or a vaccination booking, by 30 November 2021.

The scope of the Direction covers all Commonwealth funded aged care service providers delivering in-home and community aged care services including:

  • Home Care Packages
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program home care services
  • Short-Term Restorative Care
  • Transition Care Program
  • Multi-Purposes Services

Without evidence of vaccination, evidence of a vaccination booking, or a valid exemption, aged care workers (residential or in-home and community care) as outlined within the Direction will not be permitted to enter, or remain on, the premises of a residential aged care facility or deliver care to clients at their home or community settings.

The Direction covers the direct workforce, and volunteers providing services on a regular basis, but excludes the in-reach services workforce, such as pharmacists and other persons who are requested by a resident to provide services to that resident.

A reminder if students are doing placements in aged care settings, they need to be vaccinated before the respective deadlines. Aged care workers (residential or in-home and community care  including students), are required to have received their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine, or have a vaccination booking, by the respective deadlines per setting, or provide evidence of vaccination intention (ie. booking for vaccination) or complete a vaccination exemption form.

The Direction requires the operator of a residential aged care facility (RACF) and in-home and community aged care services to, as soon as is practicable, notify each person, to whom the direction applies, of the obligation to be sufficiently vaccinated by the outlined deadlines.

The RACF or the provider of in-home and community aged care service must keep records of all persons sufficiently vaccinated, evidence of vaccination intention (i.e., booking for vaccination) and those who are exempt. The provider must make available these records to authorised officers upon request.



Vaccination FAQs for residential, in-home and community aged care workers

The Public Health Direction Mandatory vaccination of certain workers No.1 requires all staff who work in Residential Aged Care facilities to be vaccinated against COVID‑19

  • National Cabinet agreed to require vaccinations for aged care workers including those involved non‑direct care (ie cleaners, kitchen staff, administrative staff, etc).
  • Given recent outbreaks around the Country Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has recommended mandatory vaccination for all Aged Care workers.

There are three ways to organise a vaccination:

  1. Vaccinations will occur via in-reach programs (like previously yearly flu vaccinations) to all RACFs across Tasmania. Check with the administration of your RACF when this is occurring for your place of work
  2. You can book a vaccination off-site (ie State Government clinic), go online to booking
  3. Phone the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738

For more information go to vaccine.

How do I know that my registration to book a vaccination is successful?

If you’re booking your vaccination via a government clinic, then go online to booking

OR phone the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

For more information go to vaccine.

If you’re booking your vaccination via a government clinic, then go online to book your vaccine.

OR phone the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

For more information go to book your vaccine.

You will need to inform your supervisor and they will document your vaccination status.

If you have been vaccinated either on-site (via in-reach program) or off-site (via State Government clinic, GP, etc), you will need to show proof of vaccination by way of a vaccination certificate. You can go online to get either:

  • an immunisation history statement
  • COVID-19 digital certificate.

There is a step by step to find out how you can get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online. Note, you do not need to provide the batch number of the vaccine you receive as part of your proof of vaccination.

If you work in residential aged care,you should have at least had a first dose by 17 September, 2021 or supplied a medical exemption to your employer.

If you work in in-home aged care, you need to have commenced the vaccination process by 30 November, 2021 or supplied a medical exemption to your employer.

If you’re unable to get vaccination prior to specified deadline for your work setting due to access, you may seek an exemption for a very short period. You will need to provide evidence of the booking to the supervisor to show your intent to receive the first dose of the vaccine and receive all the necessary doses.

There are exemptions – medical contraindication and ineligibility due to age.

  • medical contraindication applies if a person is unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition. If you are seeking a medical contraindication exemption, you will require a medical certificate from a GP stating why you are unable to have the vaccination and provide this medical certificate to your employer.
  • Personal and religious beliefs are not a valid exemption.

After the mandated vaccination deadlines, aged care service providers will be required to prevent a worker from entering and remaining on the premises of an RACF or entering in-home and community care settings if they have not received their first dose of the vaccine (or shown evidence of their appointment booking for their first vaccine dose or medical exemption). This will apply in the same way as any other condition of your employment.