The NSW Government has mandated a new public health order for all aged care workers who live or work in 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern in Western and South-Western Sydney.
Under this order, from August 30 residential, community and in-home aged care workers in these areas who have not had their first vaccination dose can only work outside the 12 LGAs if they undergo a rapid antigen test at their work-site.
All workers in the 12 LGAs are urged to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, before August 30.
Workers can get priority vaccination at all vaccine clinics
Dedicated Pfizer aged care vaccine clinics have availability and vaccines are in plentiful supply.
Aged care staff can book an appointment by calling 1300 542 444 for the following locations: Roseberry, Parramatta and Old Guildford. These clinics are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Workers can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080 for help making an appointment at NSW vaccination clinics and primary care clinics including GPs and Commonwealth vaccination clinics.
Rapid antigen testing kits
The Australian Government is initially making rapid antigen testing kits available to the 176 residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in the 12 LGAs of concern across Western and South-Western Sydney.
RACFs will also receive information, training and support to implement rapid antigen testing as soon as possible.
The kits will be distributed under National Medical Stockpile arrangements.
More information will be provided to the RACFs in the 12 LGAs shortly.
The TGA website publishes frequently asked questions about the supply of rapid antigen tests.
Further information will be available shortly on the department’s website.