Special COVID-19 webinar for Residential aged care workers in NSW

All residential aged care workers in New South Wales are invited to a special live webinar on Wednesday 1 September from 2.30pm – 3:30pm AEST

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Health sector

This webinar is for NSW residential aged care workers to get information about COVID19 vaccines and vaccine safety, find out how to access a priority COVID-19 vaccination and to understand more about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and how it will be applied from 17 September 2021.

The main purpose of the webinar is to answer questions residential aged care workers might have on COVID-19 vaccination, and also on the NSW public health order on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in residential aged care which is due to be released soon.

The host will be Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd AM and panellists include:

  • Stefanie Williams – Director, Aged Care, NSW Ministry of Health
  • James Broughton – Principal Policy Officer, Aged Care, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Sue Schasser – Director, Aged Care Operations, NSW State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC)
  • Christine Stephens – Director, COVID-19 Vaccination Program, NSW SHEOC
  • Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Vaccine Aged Care, Commonwealth Department of Health
  • Shaye Candish, Assistant Secretary, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association
  • Lauren Hutchins, Aged Care Divisional Secretary, Health Services Union (HSU)

Panellists will cover topics such as:

  • why it is so important to get vaccinated against COVID-19
  • how workers can access priority Pfizer vaccinations ahead of the 17 September deadline
  • how workers will be supported to be vaccinated by their workplace and government
  • some of reasons workers might feel hesitant about getting vaccinated and how they can feel more assured
  • how mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will apply in the state of Queensland.

Participants can submit questions to VacTaskForceAgedCare_Comms@Health.gov.au any time before the webinar.  Please note NSW Webinar in the subject heading of your email.

Participants can also submit questions during the live webinar, and this can be anonymously if preferred.

All residential aged care facilities are asked to circulate information on the webinar to all workers (including all full time and casual workers, contractors, volunteers engaged by facilities and students on placement) and to encourage attendance – particularly by those who are yet to receive their vaccination.

This is an excellent opportunity for residential aged care workers to have any concerns addressed directly.

Please note the webinar format will enable up to 1000 participants to join the live webinar. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the health.gov.au website.

The details to join the webinar are:
When: Wednesday 1 September 2021
Time: The webinar will start promptly at 2.30pm
Join from the event link