Coronavirus (Covid 19) - Queensland Vaccination Mandate 11.11.21
Five Good Friends strongly encourage and support vaccination. This includes vaccination against Influenza and COVID-19. Since vaccines for COVID-19 have become available Five Good Friends has been urging all Helpers, Staff, Members and their loved ones, to get vaccinated. To ensure that Helpers have the support they need during this time, we are regularly communicating with them. Our strong belief is that vaccination is the most important thing we can do to keep our community safe.
Recent changes announced: COVID-19 vaccination required for QLD helpers
The Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services has announced the Queensland Government will mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for healthcare staff across private health, aged care, and disability sectors to ensure more protection for vulnerable Queenslanders.
The direction from the Cheif Health Officer extends to health professionals, contractors, independent third party providers, and employees, and applies to in-home aged care and disability support services. The direction will apply to Five Good Friends Helpers in Queensland.
Under the direction, the COVID-19 Vaccination requirements for healthcare settings are:
By 15 December 2021, a worker in healthcare has received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
As soon as reasonably practicable after each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the worker in healthcare must provide evidence of complying with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements to their employer, where applicable, and to the responsible person for the healthcare setting.
OR meet the requirements for medical contradiction and other exceptional circumstances as outlined in the directive.
You can read the full direction from the Chief Health Officer here.
What does the vaccination mandate mean for Helpers?
To continue working with Five Good Friends Members from the 15th December 2021, all Helpers living in Queensland must have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.
If you do not provide evidence of your vaccination by this date we are required to remove you from ALL visits until you provide this documentation. We will not be able to match you with any Members.
Please be assured we are doing our best to ensure this is not the case by contacting, encouraging and assisting all Helpers to receive the vaccination and meet the public directive.
If you are choosing not to get the vaccination by the 15th December please advise us asap to ensure we can organise alternative Helpers and care for your Members from the 15th.
It is important we have as much notice as possible.
Providing evidence of vaccination
If you have already received one or both COVID-19 vaccinations and have not provided a copy to Five Good Friends, please email a copy of your immunisation record to email@example.com asap. You can get your immunisation and vaccination history statement using either:
c) If you don't have a Medicare Account there are alternatives for obtaining your record. Instructions available here.
As per the direction FGF can only accept a person's My Gov record or immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Resiger as evidence.
We have been supporting Helpers receive a vaccination by assisting with updating visit times and contacting Members to ensure they understand why changes to their schedule are required. Since March, we have also been providing Helpers on the Five Good Friends platform a letter confirming the important role they play in the community and their eligibility for vaccination.
Book your vaccination online here.
Helper education and support
We have been regularly communicating with Helpers about the vaccination since the beginning of this year and trying to prepare Helpers for the possibility of mandates which we expected would be rolled out across the country. From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been regularly sharing clear, credible, and objective information from peak health, scientific and Government bodies. We have also been aware of the growing misinformation in the community.
To address this, we recently ran a webinar with Dr Paul Griffin, Head of Infectious Diseases at the Mater Hospital. Dr Griffin is one of the country’s leading experts on COVID-19 and Vaccination. We provided a link to all Helpers to encourage them to watch it. You can watch the webinar here
If you want to know more about how COVID-19 vaccines are tested and approved, the Department of Health has information and a video available on their website. The National Centre for Immunisation Research also provides comprehensive information on the vaccinations.
A range of videos for aged care workers are now available in 15 languages about how and where to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The videos also include information about COVID-19 vaccine safety and how the COVID-19 vaccines work.
Thank you for your patience and understanding
We are grateful for the important work you are doing supporting our Members at such a critical time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work with these new public health directives.
We will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and do our best to provide safe, flexible, kind and consistent support.