Coronavirus (Covid 19) - Sydney Vaccine and Travel Registration Requirements 24.08.21

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Coronavirus (Covid 19)  - Sydney Vaccine and Travel Registration Requirements 24.08.21

Our thoughts are with all of our Members, Helpers and Five Good Friends staff who live in NSW. A lockdown is difficult and we will continue working hard to maintain services and the safety and wellbeing of everyone. You can find information about the lockdown on the NSW government coronavirus website.

Lockdown extended for Greater Sydney

In response to the evolving Delta outbreak, NSW will extend the current lockdown in Greater Sydney until the end of September.

Visits can continue during the lockdown period. Helpers who work in NSW must follow scenario 2B in the Standard Operating Procedure including wearing a mask, gloves and apron for all visits. If you do not have disposable aprons, you must remove and change the outer layer of your clothing after leaving the Member's home; this applies whether you are visiting another Member or returning home.

Additional Rules for Local Government Area's (LGA's) of Concern.

New Health Directions have been issued by the NSW Government for Local Government Area's (LGA's) of concern. You can check which LGA's are impacted here.

As at 24th August the LGA's of concern include: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and Penrith for the following suburbs: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.

Worker's Permit Travel Registration for for LGA's of concern.

From Saturday, 28 August, Helpers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must register their travel for work with Service NSW. Full details are available on the Service NSW website.

Helpers are able to continue with visits as they are considered authorised workers under the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector guidelines outlined by the government.

Five Good Friends Helpers provide community based services which are required to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people. The services you provide are in place because the vulnerable individuals you are supporting are not able to complete these tasks or activities themselves independently. Five Good Friends Helpers are unable to work from their own home and must attend the homes of their Members in the community.

How to Register your Travel

Register online with Service NSW here.

Travel registration is valid for 14 days. You'll need to reapply if you're travelling for more than 14 days or your travel dates need to be amended. It is your responsibility to register your travel and keep the information up to date.

You must carry your travel registration and supporting documents with you at all times. This includes the FGF App. You can show the brokerage agreement in the App and your roster as evidence of your authorised worker role. You'll need to provide these to NSW Police if requested.

What you will need:

  • a MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your registration here
  • your name, address, email and contact number
  • your reason for travel
  • the company name if you're travelling for work (As a an independent contractor this will be the name linked to your ABN)
  • your travel details (where you will be staying, working or visiting)
  • your travel dates

It is essential you complete these. Penalties apply for breaching the Public Health Order or providing false or misleading information. You may be liable for a fine of up to $22,000 or up to 2 years in prison.

COVD-19 Vaccine Requirements for Authorised Workers in LGA's of concern.

The NSW Government have issued the following directives:

Effective 30 August 2021, if you are a Helper who lives or works in an LGA of concern then to continue working you must have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or been issued with a medical contraindication certificate.

  • If you have already receiving one or both COVID-19 vaccinations please email a copy of your immunisation record to recruitment@fivegoodfriends.com.au asap. You can get your immunisation and vaccination history statement using either:

    a) Your Medicare online account through myGov

    b) Medicare mobile app.

    c) If you don't have a Medicare Account there are alternatives for obtaining your record. Instructions available here.

  • If you are choosing not to get the vaccination by the 30th August or do not provide evidence of a medical exemption please advise FGF asap to ensure we can organise alternative Helpers and care for your Members. It is important we have as much notice as possible to ensure your Members are not put at risk of not receiving essential care.

Booking your Vaccination

Arrangements have been made by NSW Health to provide priority vaccination appointments for care workers at dedicated aged care vaccination hubs. BOOK ONLINE HERE

Workers need to identify themselves as in home and community aged care workers when booking their appointment as these hubs are only for aged care workers.

Use your brokerage agreement in the Five Good Friends App as proof you are a care worker. You can explain you are an independent contractor working in the community providing care. You will also need to show photo ID.

  • We encourage you to watch our recent webinar where we were privileged to have Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist Dr Paul Griffin join us at Five Good Friends HQ for a conversation with CEO, Simon Lockyer to provide clear, concise, and objective information about COVID-19.

Testing requirements for Greater Sydney

The government have advised from 12.01am Monday, 23 August, Helpers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.

Testing still remains a priority for everyone and we continue to urge Helpers, Members and Five Good Friends staff, to be vigilant in their management of COVID-19 and any symptoms. This includes cancelling visits if you have any concerns.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose, chills or sweat, even if these are mild, please get tested as soon as possible. You can also contact the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice.

The NSW Government's coronavirus website provide a list of all current public exposure sites and the health advice to be followed if you were in attendance during the identified time period. This information can be found here.

To arrange testing you can visit a COVID-19 testing clinic in your area.

Please call your Workforce Coordinator on 07 3532 0796 to advise if you are going to be tested.

Thank you for the important work you are doing supporting our Members at such a critical time.