Frequently asked questions and resources

Last Updated: 08 Feb 2022 10:39am

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.

Go to Vaccination requirements to review the workers and workplaces that are required to be sufficiently vaccinated under the Direction, Vaccination requirements for certain workers.

The employee must provide one or more of the following to their employer:

  • If second dose received (fully vaccinated), a copy of their Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register, operated by or on behalf of the Commonwealth Government OR digital evidence 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
  • If they are not able to be vaccinated due to a medical contraindication, a copy of their vaccination medical exemption. An employee may have a valid medical exemption recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register OR a vaccination exemption form completed by their GP or specialist.

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.

You can find out where you can get vaccinated or book an appointment at a Community Clinic by visiting Book your vaccination.

Vaccinations are currently available from:

  • Tasmanian Government Community Clinics
  • participating GP clinics
  • participating community pharmacies
  • 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.

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.

Once all doses are received and a COVID-19 digital certificate has been issued, you must provide it to their supervisor as soon as possible.

There is a step-by-step guide to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online

You will need to provide evidence of your exemption (either an exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register OR a completed vaccination exemption form) to your employer. You may also be asked to produce this evidence if requested while on the premises of a health or medical facility for work.

Additionally, you must wear a fitted face mask while at work. You may temporarily remove the mask in certain circumstances which are listed in the direction Vaccination requirements for certain workers.

The mask wearing requirement does not apply if you are under 12 years old, or you hold a medical certificate or other documentation from a medical practitioner which certifies that you have a physical, or mental health, illness, condition, or disability that makes a mask is unsuitable, and you provide this to your employer and if requested at a medical and health facility.

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.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the following vaccines for use in Australia as they provide sufficient protection against COVID-19:

  • Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd (Comirnaty)
  • AstraZeneca Pty Ltd (Vaxzevria)
  • Moderna Australia Pty Ltd (Spikevax)
  • Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)

In addition, the following internationally used vaccines have been officially recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as providing sufficient protection against COVID-19:

  • Coronavac (Sinovac)
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India)
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
  • BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm)

If you have received a primary course of any of the vaccines listed above outside of Australia and provide evidence of this, you are considered sufficiently vaccinated for the purposes of the Public Health Direction.

If you have only received a partial course of any vaccine overseas, you should seek advice from a medical practitioner to determine what additional vaccinations are appropriate for you.

Employers are required to, as soon as is practicable, notify relevant staff that they are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Staff are required to provide evidence of their vaccination status, or a vaccination medical exemption.

Employers must take all reasonable steps to ensure an employee does not enter premises or provide services, if they are not sufficiently vaccinated against COVID-19.

For more information, including evidence requirements go to Employer Information.