LASA, the voice of aged care, has called on the Federal Government to work with the sector to vaccinate aged care workers as efficiently, effectively and safely as possible.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney says it is vital that the workforce is supported to receive the vaccine. The care of vulnerable older Australians depends on the staff who care for them.
“The government declared in February that the vaccination of older Australians in aged care and the staff who care for them was a national priority,” Mr Rooney says.
“But we are still waiting for most of our staff to be vaccinated. The full vaccination of aged care residents is almost complete.
“Aged care workers have been encouraged to get vaccinated but access to vaccinations has been problematic. Vaccination of aged care staff was made mandatory on 28 June following a national cabinet meeting, with all staff now required to have received their first dose by mid-September.
“The Department of Health has said that staff can get vaccinated at their local GP or a vaccination hub but this has led to delays. This is not good enough.”
LASA is calling on the government, once again, to work with the sector to support staff to be vaccinated at their place of work, in addition to the other existing locations already available.
Care for residents of aged care homes during the pandemic is the priority for every provider. As the pandemic continues aged care services are better prepared to manage potential outbreaks. Aged care providers have:
- Ready access to PPE for protection of staff and residents
- Strict sanitation and cleaning protocols within premises
- Strict stay-at-home policy for staff who may be feeling unwell, and
- An agreed industry-wide consistent visitor access code
- Every aged care home has an infection protection and control officer
- Residents and families are kept informed if there is an outbreak.
The best defence is for everyone to play their role to stop the spread in the community, including getting vaccinated.
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