The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has warned against a return to “business as usual” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and urged leaders to heed vital lessons from the vaccine rollout.
Aged care staff working in home care and community services are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible to ensure increased protection for the vulnerable older Australians for whom they care.
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Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia is calling on all state and territory governments to immediately ensure that their public health orders and directions relating to COVID-19 and nursing homes include a provision that all aged care residents have access to at least one ‘Essential Visitor’ who can see them in person, even during a Covid outbreak.
Dementia Australia has welcomed the COVID-19 vaccination booster program to commence in residential aged care homes this week, with CEO Maree McCabe AM saying for residents living with moderate to severe cognitive impairment it is essential clear communication and enough time is provided, to enable informed consent.
The Australian Aged Care Collaboration says it is disappointed that Victoria’s new Public Health Order, coming into effect at 6pm today, will not require all visitors to residential aged care to be fully vaccinated.
Catholic Health Australia says it welcomes the approval of a booster COVID-19 shot, but is calling on the Government to ensure health and aged care workers remain a priority and that the shots are compulsory.
COVID-19 booster shots are expected to be available in a matter of weeks for all Australians aged 18 and over, after the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received provisional approval by the Therapeutics Goods Administration Wednesday morning.