As winter sets in, the department of health is strongly encouraging facility operators and management to engage with residents and workers to discuss influenza and COVID-19 vaccination options and support the consent process to achieve optimum vaccination coverage.
Unvaccinated people threaten the safety of the vaccinated even when SARS-Cov-2 vaccination rates are high, according to a new modelling study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
Public and private hospital staff, ambulance service workers and those in public residential aged care will need to receive their annual flu jab before August 15 each year under rules rolled out on Friday. The mandate comes as the RACGP urges the nation to prepare for a potential resurgence of flu and get vaccinated early.
The federal health department is currently making improvements to the My Aged Care reporting template for residential and in-home and community aged care providers’ weekly reporting on resident and workforce COVID-19 vaccination status.
With reduced social distancing, borders re-opened and international travel once again on the agenda, experts are concerned that Australians are downplaying the prospect of a serious flu season in 2022.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia said it welcomes funding in the Federal Budget for embedding pharmacists into aged care, but is disappointed that unfair disparities in pharmacist remuneration for key services have been overlooked.