Vaccine rules extended to residential care support staff

Updated advice clarifing which employees in residential aged care will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been published on the Commonwealth Department of Health website overnight.

The mandate, which comes into effect from 17 September 2021, will apply to all people working at a residential aged care facility, including volunteers, who are responsible for:

  • resident care
  • support and services for residents
  • maintenance and administration.

This includes:

  • nursing and personal care staff 
  • allied health professionals
  • kitchen, cleaning, laundry, garden and office staff.
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There has been no further information about home care workers, despite calls from some aged care providers to apply the mandate consistently across aged care services.

Read the full update on the Department of Health website

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