All aged care workers are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a priority, further information about vaccination can be found on the Queensland Government website.
The Residential Aged Care Direction (No. 5) was updated on August 17 by Queensland Health to clarify directions around:
Aged care worker mandatory vaccinations:
- All residential aged care facility workers must have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 16 and the second dose by October 31 (or have evidence of a booking to receive the second dose).
- Residential aged care facility workers who are unable to be vaccinated, because they have a medical contraindication or because of a vaccine shortage, should be deployed to an alternative work location, wherever reasonably practicable.
- Residential aged care facility operators can only allow unvaccinated workers to continue to work at a facility in very limited situations.
- Residential aged care facility workers who have not been vaccinated can still enter a facility as a personal visitor or as a support person for a prospective resident, if they follow visitor requirements.
Residential aged care facilities in restricted Local Government Areas (LGA’s):
- Visitors – visitors are allowed in impacted areas. Individual facilities may have increased rules in place.
- Residents – residents are allowed to leave the facility for any reason.
- Students – students can only enter a residential aged care facility located in an impacted area for a placement connected to their enrolled course of study if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Aged care providers can find more information about the updated direction and full advice on current restrictions for aged care on the Queensland Government website.