Mable is following state and territory mandates and taking action to support Government Public Health Orders compliance with COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care and disability support workers.
All states and territories require you to have received two COVID-19 vaccinations. Each state and territory, however, have different timeframes and requirements for a mandated third COVID-19 vaccination, or “booster shot.”
Per the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you:
- are 16 years and older, and
- completed your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 3 months ago.
Independent support workers on Mable must declare whether they are up to date with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the state or territory they are delivering support in.
Mable and clients have the right to request from you evidence supporting your COVID-19 vaccination status.
We encourage you to bookmark and regularly visit this page, to ensure you continue to meet COVID-19 vaccination compliance requirements as Government Public Health Orders may continue to update.
On this page
- Resources for booking a vaccination
- Workers in Australian Capital Territory
- Workers in Northern Territory
- Workers in New South Wales
- Workers in Queensland
- Workers in South Australia
- Workers in Tasmania
- Workers in Victoria
- Workers in Western Australia
- Medical Exemption
- Understanding an independent worker’s vaccination status
Resources for booking a vaccination
To book COVID-19 vaccination – including boosters – there are various ways to do so:
- The Department of Health Vaccine Eligibility Checker
- Your local Pharmacist. You can call Pharmacies directly in your local area to book in or check for appointments here.
- Your local General Practitioner. You can call your local GP directly, or visit HotDoc to make an appointment.
Priority appointments for Disability Support Workers and Aged Care Workers
The federal Department of Health has engaged Healthcare Australia (HCA) to provide priority vaccination appointments for the Aged Care and Disability Support sectors. To access a booking, visit here.
Workers in Australian Capital Territory
The ACT Govt has mandated that from 28 March 2022 all disability support and in-home and community aged care support workers in the ACT will need to be up-to-date with their vaccinations by receiving a COVID-19 booster 3 months (no more than 6 months) from date of last primary vaccine dose (e.g. second dose). So you’re compliant with Govt guidelines, it’s important you received your booster dose by the relevant date to you.
Click here for more information from the Australian Capital Territory Government.
Workers in Northern Territory
Disability support and aged care workers are required to be fully vaccinated with a third dose by Friday 22 April to enter a workplace if in the course of their work.
Click here for more information from the Northern Territory Government.
Workers in New South Wales
Disability and aged care workers providing support in the home must have received a booster shot unless the person has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and it is not after the later of the following:
- Tuesday 12 April 2022, or
- Six weeks from the due date of the person’s third dose (due date is 13 weeks after the person’s second dose)
- The first exemption was made to allow a person who has had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to continue working without the third dose, only if they have been assessed as being essential to the operation of a residential aged care facility (RACF) or the provision of disability or aged care services by the operator of the RACF or the responsible person for the disability or in-home and community aged care service. See further information on Public Health Orders and Exemptions.
This exemption is also subject to the condition that the worker take reasonable steps to get vaccinated as soon as practical. The exemption will be repealed on 29 June 2022.
- The second exemption applies to people entering a RACF to provide service, in-home and aged care service workers and disability workers and exempts the person from the requirement to have a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if:
- the person has had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and
- was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 4 months, and
- provides evidence of their diagnosis to the occupier of the RACF or their employer. Evidence of diagnosis can be either proof of registration with Service NSW of a positive rapid antigen test result or evidence of a positive COVID-19 PCR result.
The exemption also allows the employer to continue to allow the person to provide work.
This does not permanently exempt the person from the requirement to have a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A person who does not meet the conditions in the exemption must continue to comply with the direction in the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022.
Click here for more information from the New South Wales Government.
Workers in Queensland
From 31 March 2022, workers at residential aged care facilities must have received a booster COVID-19 vaccination if eligible for it and continue to receive booster doses as recommended
Click here for more information from the Queensland Government.
Workers in South Australia
From 29 January 2022, in-home and community aged care and disability support workers, within the prescribed time, must receive a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or have evidence of a booking to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, to be able to continue to provide support.
Prescribed time means:
- for a person who has been infected with COVID-19, within 4 months of their first positive COVID-19 test, or within 4 months of their second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine, whichever is later; and
- for any other person, within 4 months of their second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19.
Click here for more information from the South Australian Government.
Workers in Tasmania
Workers in Victoria
The Vic Govt has mandated that from 12 March 2022 all disability support workers must have their booster shot. So you’re compliant with Govt guidelines, it’s important you received your booster dose by the relevant date to you.
When you need to receive your third dose
- If you received your second dose on or before 12 September 2021, you are required to get your third dose by 12 March 2022. If you are not already vaccinated, you must have a booking to receive your third dose by 12 March 2022 in order to work onsite.
- If you received your second dose after 12 September 2021, you are still required to get your third dose by 12 March 2022. There is no requirement to book your third dose by a certain date.
Although a third dose is not required for in-home and community aged care workers, it is strongly encouraged that all in-home and community aged care workers get a third dose as soon as they are eligible (at least 3 months after a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine).
In-home and community aged care workers include:
- All Commonwealth-funded aged care service providers delivering in-home and community aged care services including:
- Home Care Packages
- Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program home care services
- Short-Term Restorative Care
- Transition Care Program
- Multi-Purpose Services
Click here for more information from the Victorian Government.
Workers in Western Australia
All home care and disability support providers must receive their booster shot within one month of becoming eligible, as of Wednesday 22 December 2021.
Click here for more information from the Western Australian Government.
A worker on our platform may declare they have a medical exemption if they have a valid Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) – immunisation medical exemption form (IM011) form signed by an eligible doctor. Clients have the right to request from their workers to view evidence supporting their exemption status.
Understanding an independent worker’s vaccination status
Independent Support Workers on Mable must declare whether they are up to date with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the state or territory they are delivering support in.
Clients have the right to request from their workers to view evidence supporting their vaccination status. An example of how clients may ask to view this evidence is: “Your Mable profile declares you are up to date with our state’s vaccination requirements, may you please show me your COVID-19 digital certificate?”