Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 16 September 2021

The Department of Health is requesting all aged care providers ensure their My Aged Care data on workforce COVID-19 vaccinations and authorised exemptions are up to date.

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Health sector

As you are aware, from 17 September 2021, mandatory vaccination is a requirement for residential aged care workers.

The data you report will be used to assess your compliance with mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements as outlined in the relevant public health orders in your state or territory.

My Aged Care data collection

A guide has been developed to assist providers in understanding how to accurately record vaccinations and exemptions of residential aged care workers across all facilities. Read the guide.

Please note the following advice to support data collection:

  • COVID-19 vaccination evidence: Employers should have received their workers’ vaccination evidence or authorised exemption to a vaccination before 17 September.
  • Record of workers’ vaccination status: Ensure records are in line with the direction set out in the state or territory public health order.
  • Future first dose bookings after 17 September: Workers can provide evidence of the booking to their relevant supervisor and providers can record this using My Aged Care Exemption Reporting Category 3.
  • Workers on long-term leave: Members of your workforce who are on long term leave (ie: Maternity leave) can be excluded from the service’s “Total number of staff”. Please refer to the attached reporting guide for more information.

If members of your workforce are experiencing delays or issues with sourcing evidence of vaccination status, you may use a statutory declaration as temporary evidence. More information can be found at the ‘How residential aged care workers can prove your COVID-19 vaccination status to your employer’ fact sheet.

Please continue to update My Aged Care daily or as there are changes to your workforce vaccination status or exemptions.