All Staff Communication - 12/03/2021
As you will be aware the Australian Government has commenced its vaccination rollout plan.
While we have been incredibly lucky here in Australia, when you consider that 2.6 million children, women and men have died from COVID-19 globally, we are mindful that some of our staff and customers have been touched by ongoing health complications or death of family and friends.
For this reason, we are thrilled there is finally an end in sight to the devastation this pandemic has inflicted on the lives, health and livelihoods of so many. By supporting vaccination programs we can significantly reduce the risk to loved ones and the people we support – especially those who are frail, aged or have chronic health issues.
Among the first group of vaccine recipients will be aged care and disability care residents and staff. Vaccination Hubs have been established in metro locations and will soon be set up in regional areas. Importantly, vaccinations to protect the elderly have commenced in regional towns in some aged care facilities. The Australian Government will advise LiveBetter how and when vaccines will be administered in our areas.
The Australian Government has indicated that the COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary and free. And as safe and effective vaccines become available the Government will vaccinate as many Australians as possible for COVID-19.
If you choose to have the vaccine you will be asked to complete the Dept of Health‘s ‘Consent Form’.
We will follow vaccination advice from the Australian Government, but at the moment, we don’t have detailed rollout plans, nor answers to the many “What if…?” questions. As we receive advice about rollout timing and consent, we will make this available to you.
We will set up ‘Vaccination Rollout’ on the home page of our website with links to information and resources. Please use this as a primary information source for plans and FAQs as well as regular email updates. You should also refer your customers to our website for vaccination rollout information and updates.
If you have any concerns or questions contact your line manager in the first instance. They can then raise these with Nurses On Call.
We will be shortly issuing communications to our customer base as well.
At last, we can see light at the end of the tunnel, and I want to thank you all for your support for your customers and each other during the past year.
COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Phases as at Feb 2021
Phase 1a: up to 1.4m doses
- Quarantine and border workers
- Frontline health care workers in higher risk settings
- All other healthcare workers are included in Phase 1b.
- Aged care and disability care staff
- Aged care and disability care residents
Phase 1b: up to 14.8m doses
- Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
- Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
- Other health care workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
- Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
- People will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination via My health record, a health professional referral if required or a declaration form.
- Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
Phase 2a: up to 15.8m doses
- Adults aged 60-69 years
- Adults aged 50-59 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
- Other critical and high risk workers
Phase 2b: up to 16m doses
- Balance of adult population
Phase 3: up to 13.6m doses
People < 16 if recommended
Key Vaccine Rollout Links
- COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Phases
- How COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed
- COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Strategy (including graphical info download)
- COVID-19 vaccines campaign materials
- COVID-19 vaccines easy read materials
- COVID-19 vaccines social media content
- COVID-19 vaccines will be voluntary
- COVID-19 vaccine consent forms