We were notified today that a public health order has been handed down, making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for residential aged care workers in Tasmania. It follows similar orders being made in other states.
This means it is now mandatory that all residential aged care workers receive the first dose of the vaccine by 17 September.
We are currently working through the detail of the order to see how it will apply and who may be exempt.
Vaccines are still being administered at aged care specific hubs in the south (Blundstone Arena) and north (Mowbray Vinnies) – please contact the Public Health Line on 1800 671 738.
Currently, only 57% of workers have had one dose and 37% have had two doses, based on the most recent national data.
Given the aged care sector is already expected to experience a shortage of hundreds of thousands of workers over coming years, the Government’s botched vaccine rollout and thinly veiled implications that aged care workers are to blame for their own failures are only set to make matters worse.
We'll keep you up to date as we learn more.
If you have questions about the information available so far, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.