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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Restrictions on entry into and visitors to aged care facilities

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Publication date: 
1 April 2020
Last updated: 
2 May 2020
Publication type: 
Fact Sheet
Intended audience: 
Health sector
Description: 

This information sheet includes:

  • influenza vaccination

  • will everyone entering residential aged care facilities need to be vaccinated? 

  • what happens if staff are not able to be vaccinated due to cultural, religious or health reasons?

  • do residential aged care providers still need to provide free influenza vaccinations to staff and volunteers?

  • what should residential aged care workers do if they experience symptoms after getting the flu vaccine?

  • what are aged care providers’ obligations regarding persons entering the service?

  • how will aged care providers know whether persons seeking to enter a service on an ad hoc basis (eg tradesmen) have been vaccinated?

  • will aged care providers need to prove that a visitor has been vaccinated and keep records?

  • how will compliance with these requirements be assessed?

  • will residents still have the right to refuse vaccination?

  • who can administer an influenza vaccination?