In-home and community aged care recipients, workers and providers

Vaccination of older Australians and those who care for them is the most effective protection against COVID-19.

View information on COVID-19 Vaccines, including the latest ATAGI advice.

Why is vaccination important for older people?

COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses, is voluntary but strongly encouraged for older people.

Vaccination remains the most effective protection against severe illness, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination or any additional doses, it is important to get vaccinated as quickly and safely as possible.

Vaccination

Vaccination continues to be important in managing the risk related to COVID-19. Aged care and disability support workers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19, in line with the latest ATAGI advice, to aid protection against both infection and severe disease for themselves and the people they support.

In-home and community aged care recipients and workers can get vaccinated at a GP clinic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service or participating pharmacy.

People with mobility challenges are encouraged to contact their GP or pharmacist to discuss options for a home visit to receive a vaccination.

You can book an appointment for any COVID-19 vaccination through the COVID-19 health Service Finder.

Resources to support informed decision-making

It is normal to have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and to possibly feel hesitant about getting the vaccine.

We continue to follow expert medical advice. Your safety is the number one priority.

You may choose to talk to a health professional about the benefits and risks of vaccination. This will help you decide if vaccination is suitable for you.

The following resources are available to assist you:

Information is also available in several languages.

Is vaccination mandatory for workers?

Some jurisdictions may requirements in relation to worker COVID-19 vaccinations. Aged care workers and providers should stay up to date with the settings in place in their jurisdiction and note that these settings do change.

Workers may be required to show proof of vaccination status to their employer.

Providers are encouraged to print and display posters in staff areas to promote the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19.

How can providers support care recipients and workers to get vaccinated?

In-home and community aged care service providers have an important role in supporting their clients and workforce in getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Providers can assist their care recipients and workforce to understand how they can access COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • Sharing the fact sheets for care recipients and for workers with: 
    • care recipients 
    • families 
    • representatives 
    • volunteers 
    • workers. 
  • Providing information through established communication channels, including through check-in calls or regular services. 
  • Advising recipients of the importance of having a family member or other person aware of when they are receiving a vaccination so they can be monitored post-vaccination. 
  • Guiding staff and volunteers to encourage a care recipient to see a GP if they observe any noticeable changes in their wellbeing. 

Do workforce vaccinations need to be reported?

It is mandatory for all in-home and community aged care providers to keep records on the COVID-19 vaccination status of their workforce, including additional doses.

Worker vaccination rates by provider are published on our website.

Home care workforce COVID-19 vaccination rates by provider are available in a downloadable table format.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme workforce COVID-19 vaccination rates are also available in a downloadable table format.

Learn more about record keeping and reporting requirements.

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