Coronavirus (Covid 19) - South Australia Vaccination Mandate 9.11.21
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 SA helpers
Emergency Management Directives have been released by the Commissioner of Police in South Australia stating requirements for in-home and community aged care and disability support workers to obtain the COVID-19 Vaccine by certain dates.
Five Good Friends Helpers are considered in-home and community aged care and disability support workers as outlined in the directives here.
The directives outline from 30 November 2021, in-home and community aged care and disability support workers must have:
- Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination.
- Received, or have 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.
- Provided the responsible provider with evidence of their vaccination status upon request.
- Or have an endorsed exemption as outlined in the directives here.
For more information on the directives the SA Government have a Frequently Asked Questions page for home care and disability workers here
What does the vaccination mandate mean for Helpers?
To continue working with Five Good Friends Members from the 30th November, all Helpers living in South Australia must have:
- Received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Tuesday 30th November 2021.
- Received, or have a booking for, their second dose within the recommended interval after the first dose.
- Provided evidence of their vaccination record to FGF by 29th November and a copy of their booking for their second dose if booking is after 29th November.
- OR provided evidence of an endorsed exemption as per the requirements of the directives.
If you do not provide evidence of your vaccinations or booking to us by these dates we are required to remove you from ALL visits until you provide this information. 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 30th November or cannot provide evidence by this date of a booking for a second dose please advise us asap to ensure we can organise alternative Helpers and care for your Members from the 30th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Providing evidence of vaccination booking
If you have a future booking for a COVID-19 Vaccination please email us a copy of the booking vaccination record to email@example.com
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.