COVID-19

November vaccination deadline given for healthcare setting workers

A new direction was announced tonight by SA Police, with vaccination requirements for healthcare setting workers updated.

From 4:50pm on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 the following changes were announced by SA Police, which have been made to the Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction.

Those changes include:

By Monday, 8 November 2021 healthcare workers in the following categories will now be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19:

Primary community healthcare facilities including:

  • General practice clinics;
  • Dental clinics;
  • Private nurse offices;

Pharmacies ·

Private pathology centres

Private radiology centres (including breast screening centre);

Defence health settings (including Garrison health centres, deployed and exercise health support and clinical health training);

Facilities for the collection, manufacture and distribution of blood and biological products;

Aboriginal community controlled health services

Department for Health and Wellbeing, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health and Wellbeing SA

Specialist outpatient facilities (consulting suites of private medical specialists (including reproductive services) and any setting where the following services are provided, including: o

  • art or music therapy;
  • audiology;
  • dental therapy;
  • epidemiology;
  • exercise physiology;
  • genetic counselling;
  • nuclear medicine technology;
  • nutrition and dietetics;
  • occupational therapy;
  • optometry; o orthoptics;
  • orthotics and prosthetics;
  • perfusion;
  • physiotherapy;
  • podiatry;
  • psychology;
  • radiation therapy;
  • radiography;
  • social work provided at a public or private hospital or community healthcare facility;
  • sonography;
  • speech pathology;

The above mentioned healthcare workers must have:

  • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination,
  • Received, or has evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for that COVID-19 vaccine – previously stated one month after initial vaccination.
  • Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request.

Note: This includes any person who attends a healthcare setting in the course of their work, or duties, including if their attendance is incidental, such as delivery drivers or suppliers.

Note: Workers in public or private hospitals requiring a COVID-19 vaccination by 1 November 2021.

A healthcare worker is not required to have evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination if:

They have a medical certificate:

  • from a legally qualified medical practitioner in accordance with guidelines published by ATAGI; and
  • The certificate specifies the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies; and
  • The Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate has endorsed the exemption; and
  • They produce the certificate on request by an authorised officer.
  • Or, the person is responding to a non-medical emergency or urgent maintenance task.

For more information on vaccination exemptions go to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/…/essential-travellers

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

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