There is some confusion out there about COVID boosters and rules for masks.
The Public Health order (Additional vaccination requirements for workers in certain settings – No.1) requires workers, volunteers, students or contractors/service providers (other than maintenance services) who enter residential aged care facilities to have received the booster (third) dose for COVID-19 from 1 April.
The same applies to in-home care and community aged care and high-intensity support to NDIS clients.
In the THS and the public sector, some district hospitals will fall under the aged care direction referenced above. Everyone else in the public sector will have assessments done based on the risk to you which depends on where you work and the actual nature of the job. This work will begin soon if it hasn’t already. We will be consulted about these assessments, and you’ll get a chance to have input into the plan for your area.
It’s likely that other health care and community service providers will do largely the same if there is not a public health order, which at this stage looks unlikely.
Some mask orders were lifted today, but for most healthcare workers, you’ll still be required to wear a mask at work. If you work in an office and do not visit clinical space, you’re not required to wear one but you’re still encouraged to do so.
If you are experiencing any difficulties or have any concerns, you can contact us via HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or firstname.lastname@example.org