COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for aged care work placements
The Commonwealth Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health have advised that it will be mandatory for residential aged care workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination from 17 September 2021. This includes students undertaking work placements. If you are a student undertaking an aged care work placement, you must make preparations now to receive a minimum first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September.
Further information about COVID-19 vaccination is available at wa.gov.au/government/publications/residential-aged-care-facility-worker-access-directions
If you have not received your first dose by 17 September 2021, you will be unable to attend an aged care placement arranged by your TAFE or training provider. This means you may not be able to complete some units of competency, and you may not be able to complete your qualification.
Step 1 — Book your vaccine
Healthcare students preparing for work placement are eligible to access vaccinations under Phase 1b of the vaccination program.
- Go to VaccinateWA and complete the registration and consent process.
- When you come to the eligibility questions, you should choose the following:
- Do you work in a critical or high risk industry > Yes
- Priority population > Non-WA Health healthcare worker
Once you have chosen these options (and any other eligibility criteria that might apply to you), the system will advise you are eligible and will give you the option to book in for an appointment.
GP clinics are now providing some vaccines, and appointments for these can also be booked through the Commonwealth eligibility checker.
Step 2 – Monitor your emails, Sonia and BlackBoard for updates
VaccinateWA will keep you updated with any changes or advice via Sonia, our Clinical Placement Office, and teaching departments as soon as information becomes available.
Step 3 –Questions?
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your TAFE or training provider for help. A member of the placement office and/or teaching team will also discuss this requirement with you in classes over the next couple of weeks.
Advice for trainers and teachers
At this stage, the Department of Health has advised that academic staff who undertake supervision of work placement in aged care are exempt from the mandatory vaccine requirement.