Protecting older Australians – COVID Update 24 August 2021

In this issue: Rapid antigen testing kits and priority COVID-19 vaccination for all aged care workers in the 12 NSW LGAs of concern, Webinar for residential aged care workers in Vic Health and SA Health check-in at RACFs.

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Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

Rapid antigen testing kits and priority COVID-19 vaccination for all aged care workers in the 12 NSW LGAs of concern

The NSW Government has mandated a new public health order for all aged care workers who live or work in 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern in Western and South-Western Sydney.

Under this order, from 30 August 2021 residential, community and in-home aged care workers in these areas who have not had their first vaccination dose can only work outside the 12 LGAs if they undergo a rapid antigen test at their work-site.

All workers in the 12 LGAs are urged to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, before 30 August 2021.

Workers can get priority vaccination at all vaccine clinics

Dedicated Pfizer aged care vaccine clinics have availability and vaccines are waiting.

You can book an appointment by calling 1300 542 444 for the following locations: Roseberry, Parramatta and Old Guildford. These clinics are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Workers can also 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 the 176 residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in the 12 LGAs of concern across Western and South-Western Sydney.

RACFs will also receive information, training and support to implement rapid antigen testing as soon as possible.

The kits will be distributed under National Medical Stockpile arrangements.

More information will be provided to the RACFs in the 12 LGAs shortly.

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.

Vic Health – Webinar for residential aged care workers

The Victorian Department of Health would like to invite all residential aged care workers in Victoria to a webinar to explore COVID-19 Vaccination. Please share the information below across your services and encourage your staff to submit their questions in advance. For those not able to attend we will share the recording of the session after.

COVID-19 Vaccines webinar for residential aged care workers

2:00-3:30pm (AEST) Thursday 26 August
Register to attend (free)

Join Dr Tom Schulz and Dr Vijay Roach to explore COVID-19 vaccination. Hear the latest on the vaccine rollout and have your questions about safety and side effects answered.

Topics to be covered:

  • The latest information on the vaccine rollout
  • How the vaccines were developed
  • Safety, side effects and variants
  • COVID-19 vaccines, fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Answers to your questions

About the speakers:

Dr Thomas Schulz, Senior Medical Advisor, COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Department of Health, Victoria, is an Infectious Diseases Physician at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service. He has clinical appointments with the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals and is a Lecturer at The University of Melbourne Hospital.

Dr Vijay Roach, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is an obstetrician and gynaecologist with more than 20 years’ experience. Vijay lectures at the University of Sydney. He is the former Chairman of the Gidget Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the importance of emotional wellbeing among expectant and new parents.

SA Health – Check in at RACFs

SA Health issued the new Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Direction

The Direction introduces requirements from 10 September 2021 for operators and all persons entering a RACF must register their attendance using the approved contact tracing systems – COVID SAfe CheckIn (QR) app or a written record.

Please visit the SA Government website to find more information, including the new Direction and frequently asked questions.

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