Temporary extension requests for critical worker shortage – COVID-19 booster requirements

Queensland providers are experiencing critical workforce shortage and may apply for a temporary extension to enable workers to become up-to-date with their vaccination status.

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Queensland providers who are experiencing a critical workforce shortage due to booster vaccination requirements may apply for a temporary extension to enable workers to become up-to-date with their vaccination status.

As directed by the Queensland Government, residential aged care workers need to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations to work at your facility. A person has an up-to-date vaccination status if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose during the period from 3 to 6 months after being fully vaccinated, and they continue to receive booster doses within the recommended dosing interval.

Workers whose vaccination status is not up to date should not be permitted to work in residential aged care

An approved extension must be obtained from the Chief Health Officer (CHO) or his delegate before any staff members who are not up to date with their vaccinations may be permitted to work. An application must be made on behalf of each service for its relevant employees.

Approvals will only be granted:

  • in exceptional circumstances; for a maximum period of 14 days to 14 April 2022, and
  • only where an organisation can demonstrate a clear strategy to ensure all staff will be up to date with vaccinations at the earliest possible opportunity

Applications for an extension need to be made via this application form and emailed to exemptions@health.qld.gov.au for assessment.

All residential aged care providers must report each Tuesday on the COVID-19 vaccination status, including booster doses, of residents and workers via the My Aged Care provider portal. Booster vaccination rates of staff by facility are publicly available on an interactive map on the Department's website.

Priority vaccination for residential aged care workers

Workers who are yet to receive a COVID-19 booster dose can organise for a priority booster dose through the following channels:

  • On-site follow-up booster clinics for workers and residents if this applies to your facility
  • Queensland vaccination clinics
  • Primary care providers including GPs and community pharmacies

Residential aged care workers can make a booking for their COVID-19 booster at a vaccination clinic.

Workers can also call the dedicated COVID-19 Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4) for any questions about vaccination and for assistance on how to book an appointment.