The NSW Government has mandated a new public health order for all aged care workers who live or work in high-risk Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Greater Sydney and Western NSW.
Under this order, residential, community and in-home aged care workers in these areas who have not had their first vaccination dose can only work if they undergo a rapid antigen test at their work-site.
All aged care workers in NSW are urged to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Workers can get priority vaccination at all vaccine clinics
Dedicated Pfizer aged care vaccine clinics have availability and vaccines are waiting.
Workers can 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 residential aged care (including MPS and NATSIFAC); home care; and services delivered through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme in high-risk LGAs of concern across Sydney and Western NSW.
Providers can order a kit through the Rapid Antigen Testing Order Form online.
Identified high-risk LGAs include:
- Greater Sydney: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and Penrith.
- Western NSW: Western Plains Regional, Mid-Western Regional, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Narromine and Walgett.
Please note, the aged care facilities and services identified will also receive information, training and support to implement rapid antigen testing as soon as possible. More information will be provided shortly.
The kits will be distributed under National Medical Stockpile arrangements.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) sets out regulations that apply to rapid antigen test kits and conditions of supply. 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.