Australia’s Department of Health has recently introduced a reporting instrument on the My Aged Care portal where aged care service providers can report the COVID-19 vaccination status of the workforce.
Through the portal, approved suppliers can record de-identified information on the total number of workers at every aged care service; the variety of employees who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; also as people who are fully vaccinated.
From 15 June, the weekly coverage of workforce vaccination status will be mandatory for all approved providers of residential aged care services. For all those providers of in-home and community aged care providers, the weekly coverage will become mandatory in the”coming weeks.”
WHY IT MATTERS
The Health Department last week said in its newsletter the reporting and collection of this vaccination status of aged cared employees is”an important measure to provide greater health security for aged care residents and people receiving aged care services in the community.”
On Wednesday, the department said it’s”strongly” encouraging all aged care service providers to start reporting.
THE LARGER TREND
State leaders throughout the nation have shown their in-principle disposition to mandate COVID-19 vaccination among elderly care workers. However, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), a decision making body for public health crises, has advised against such a move.
“Mandating COVID-19 vaccination must balance the rights of an individual in the workplace against the general health advantages of vaccination at the time and must take into account any unintended effects such as impacts on workforce availability and delivery of care to resident