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Victoria Health update for residential aged care facilities

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The Victorian Government has issued updated the restrictions for residential aged care facilities (RACFs) for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria:

For RACFS in Metropolitan Melbourne

Prospective residents

Prospective residents can visit an aged care facility accompanied by one other person.

Only one such visit can occur at any one time. 

There is no limit on the number of prospective residents that can visit over the course of a day.

Further advice is available in the Victorian guidance for residential aged care facilities – current restrictions.

For RACFS in Regional Victoria

As you are aware, the lockdown has lifted in regional Victoria. As part of these changes, the key changes to directions are as follows:

Resident Outings

Residents can leave their aged care facilities for outings; there are no longer limits on leaving the home. 

As with all Victorians, residents are required to comply with relevant restrictions such as wearing face masks.

Prospective residents

Prospective residents can visit an aged care facility accompanied by one other person.

Only one such visit can occur at any one time.

There is no limit on the number of prospective residents that can visit over the course of a day.

Contractors

RACFs must limit the number of contractors entering the facility to those providing:

Goods and services necessary to operate the facility.

Goods and services to the residents:

  • health, medical, or pharmaceutical goods or services
  • behavioural support services
  • functional and well-being support services
  • other support services

Emergency management and law enforcement duties.

Further advice is available in the Victorian guidance for regional residential aged care facilities – current restrictions.

Vaccinations

Mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers has been agreed at National Cabinet and will be required from 17 September.

All residential aged care workers continue to have priority access to their choice of free Pfizer or Astrazeneca vaccinations, regardless of age.

Bookings can be made online at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

A Medicare card is not required to book an appointment or receive a vaccine.

Don’t hesitate to contact agedcareCOVIDpreparedness@health.vic.gov.au if you have any questions.

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