Residential Aged Care Visits – Mandatory 1 May 2020 Influenza Vaccination requirements.

Does everyone entering a residential aged care facility need to be vaccinated in 2020?

Yes.  By Commonwealth Government direction this applies to staff, visitors, health practitioners, volunteers, cleaners, tradesman, gardeners and maintenance staff.

What do I need to provide to prove my 2020 influenza vaccination status prior to entry?

Approved providers must seek appropriate evidence of immunisation status from individuals seeking to enter the residential aged care facility.   Appropriate evidence may be a statement or record from a health practitioner; or an immunisation history statement available from Medicare online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.    Evidence of immunisation status must be dated 2020.

 

What are aged care providers’ obligations regarding persons entering the residential aged care facility?

Under the Commonwealth Government direction, aged care providers are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the premises if they do not meet the influenza vaccination requirements.