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New interactive national map shows aged care vaccination rates

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An interactive map showing data on vaccination rates of residential aged care workers across Australia is being published today on the health department’s website.

The map displays data reported through the My Aged Care provider portal and will be updated weekly, in line with the mandatory reporting requirements for providers.

At present the data does not include exemptions for workers under public health orders.

To protect the personal information of individuals – especially at smaller facilities – data is banded into ranges:

  • A facility’s workforce vaccination rate will be displayed within a range, not as a specific number e.g. 90-100% of workers at this facility have at least one dose.
  • The band width is based on the number of workers at the residential aged care facility.
  • Larger percentage bands are used when reporting vaccination rates for residential aged care facilities with less than 20 staff.
  • Data for facilities with fewer than five staff is not included.

The map is compliant with privacy laws and policies relevant to the electronic publishing of health data.

Regular reporting of vaccination data required

Nationally, as at August 22, of the total 278,214 residential aged care workers reported to date by providers, 189,541 have received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine (68 per cent) and 130,405 are fully vaccinated (47 per cent).

Providers are strongly encouraged to regularly update their workforce vaccination data via My Aged Care within 24 hours of an on-site clinic or vaccinations of a number of workers at off-site locations, rather than wait and report weekly.

As the deadline for mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers quickly approaches, accurate and timely data is especially important to understanding where further support in getting workers vaccinated might be required.

In-reach clinics delivering first and second dose clinics

All in-reach clinics for residential aged care workers, and any residents not yet vaccinated, being delivered by Commonwealth vaccine providers or primary care providers are providing both first and second doses.

Policy guidance for the scope of vaccine services through in-reach and static clinics for residential aged care facilities is available here.

Aged care vaccine rollout web pages updated

Department web pages for aged care workers, providers and residents have been updated with the latest information on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination for aged care.

Information covering how and where to get a vaccine, eligibility and accessibility is included as well as details on mandatory vaccination and related public health orders, and updated information on recording and reporting.

The newly-developed mandatory vaccination page includes links to the national framework endorsed by AHPCC, as well as public health orders issued by WA, SA, TAS, the NT and QLD. Public health orders for other states and territories will be added as they are released.

A fact sheet describing how residential aged care workers can access a COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the September 17 deadline for mandatory vaccinations is now available in 19 languages other than English on the department website.

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