Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources

At Multicultural Aged Care Inc. (MAC), our primary responsibility and concern remains the safety and welfare of all members of CALD community groups and especially older people, and our staff and volunteers.

Latest Aged Care Updates

June 8 - SUPER THURSDAY FOR RACF STAFF - Roll up and get vaccinated from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and the South Australian community.

As someone who works in a Residential Aged Care Facility, it is vital that you get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from COVID-19.

Super Thursday – 10 June 2021

The Noarlunga, Wayville and Elizabeth clinics will be open late this Thursday to offer Pfizer vaccinations to all RACF staff, regardless of age.

Staff can book an appointment or walk in to receive their Pfizer vaccination.

There will be around 600 appointments available across the three clinics this Thursday night.

Staff are required to provide evidence of their employment by way of a payslip, work identification or a letter from their employer.

The three clinics have separate operating hours on Thursday. Check the SA Health website for their local clinic’s opening and closing times.

Book now!

Staff aged under 50 can book online.

Staff 50 and over can make an appointment by calling the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.

RACF staff can also book in for their COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination at any time.

More information

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 7 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 275: Monday 7 June 2021

Interstate exposure locations

A number of public exposure locations have been identified in Victoria and New South Wales. If anyone has visited any of the locations at the date and time listed, they should quarantine and complete the online form to notify SA Health.

For more information and to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases include three men aged between 30 and 50, who all acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival. All three are considered to have old infections however they have been added to our case numbers as they have not been diagnosed or counted overseas.

There were also three cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The cases include a man in his 30s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. There is also a man in his 60s and a man is his 40s who are both considered to have old infections and have been added to our case numbers as they have not been diagnosed and counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 767 confirmed cases in total
  • 758 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 355,734 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,914 tests yesterday
  • 1,426,411 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 7 - SA - Priority vaccinations for RACFs workers from Department of Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 275: Monday 7 June 2021

To ensure that aged care workers can be fully vaccinated quickly, SA Health is now making the Pfizer vaccine available to all people working in a Residential Aged Care Facility, regardless of age.

This includes all staff (nursing and personal care workers, allied health professionals, students on placement, kitchen, cleaning, laundry, garden and maintenance and administration/office staff), agency staff and contractors.

You will need to bring proof of employment to your appointment, such as a payslip, letter from your employer or current work ID card showing your employment in a residential aged care facility.

Book now:
You can now book an appointment at the Elizabeth Vaccination Clinic, Noarlunga Vaccination Clinic, Wayville Vaccination Clinic, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and many regional clinics.

  • 16 years – 49 years of age – Book here
  • 50 years of age and over – Call 1800 253 787 (9.00am to 5.00pm, 7 days).

For more information please visit the SA Health website and read the FAQs.

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 7 - New reporting requirements on aged care workforce COVID-19 vaccination – updated information from Department of Health

Instructions on how to access the new online reporting tool
The Australian Government announced the introduction of a new reporting tool for all approved providers of residential, in-home and community aged care services to report on the COVID-19 vaccination status of their aged care workforce.

The reporting becomes a formal requirement for residential aged care providers starting on 15 June 2021 and it will become a formal requirement for in home and community aged care providers in the coming weeks. All providers are strongly encouraged to start reporting now.

To access the new reporting tool on the My Aged Care Provider Portal, providers are advised to refer to the updated My Aged Care Provider Portal User Guide: Part 1 Administrative Functions which are available on the health.gov.au website. Section 2.6 (page 84) provides the steps to report on workforce COVID-19 vaccination status.

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 4 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 274: Friday 4 June 2021

Medi-hotel update

As part of our normal review process for COVID-19 positive medi-hotel guests, SA Health became aware of potential exposure from a mother and child during the swabbing process. As per the normal testing practice, the mother and child were swabbed in the doorway of their room. However, the time taken to perform the test was extended because of a number of factors, including identity checks, language barriers and the child’s distress.

There has been no infection control breach or any breach of processes from our medi-hotel staff. However out of an abundance of caution, SA Health made the decision to move 18 people from the affected floor to another medi hotel.

Interstate exposure locations

A number of public exposure locations have been identified in Victoria and New South Wales. If anyone has visited any of the locations at the date and time listed, they should quarantine and complete the online form to notify SA Health.

For more information and to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a woman in her 30s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival. She has been transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for further assessment.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 761 confirmed cases in total
  • 752 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 340,080 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 6,698 tests yesterday
  • 1,412,113 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 4 - Collecting and reporting data on the COVID-19 vaccination status of aged care workforce - Dept. of Health

Vaccination is the most effective protection against COVID-19. The Australian Immunisation Register records everyone’s vaccination history. But it does not include information about the individual’s job or employer.

Collecting and reporting data on the vaccination status of aged care workers is an important measure to provide greater health security for aged care residents and people receiving aged care services in the community.

The Australian Government today announced the introduction of new reporting arrangements for approved providers of residential aged care services, and in-home and community aged care services, for this purpose.

An online reporting tool is now available for providers to use on a voluntary basis via My Aged Care.

Approved providers are strongly encouraged to start voluntary reporting now, on a weekly basis, on the:

  • total number of workers at each aged care service
  • total number of workers at each service who have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • total number of workers at each service who have received all required doses of a
    COVID-19 vaccine.

Reporting is initially voluntary, noting weekly reporting will be a formal requirement for:

  • for approved providers of residential aged care services starting on 15 June 2021
  • for approved providers of in home and community aged care services in the coming weeks.

It is important to note that receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, and disclosing this information, is voluntary for workers.

Factsheet to support approved providers of residential aged care services on collecting and reporting of worker COVID-19 vaccinations
A factsheet is available to provide guidance to providers on how to collect and report information on the number of workers at your service who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Factsheet to support residential aged care workers on the new reporting requirement
A factsheet is available for aged care workers to explain the new reporting tool and why the information is being collected by approved providers. This factsheet is currently being translated into 19 languages and we will notify you when it is available.

Factsheet to support approved providers of in-home and community aged care services on collecting and reporting of worker COVID-19 vaccinations
A factsheet is available to provide guidance to providers on how to collect and report information on the number of workers at your service who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Factsheet to support in-home and community aged care workers on the new reporting requirement
A factsheet is available for aged care workers to explain the new reporting tool and why the information is being collected by approved providers. This factsheet is currently being translated into 19 languages and we will notify you when it is available.

 

Source: Department of Health, Aged Care Updates


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 3 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 273: Thursday 3 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

To ensure that aged care workers can be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 quickly, SA Health is now making the Pfizer vaccine available to all people working in a Residential Aged Care Facility. This includes clinical, administrative and support staff, regardless of their age. Residential aged care workers under 50 years old can book their vaccination online, while residential aged care workers aged 50 years and over can book their vaccination by calling 1800 253 787.

For more information on the South Australian rollout plan visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

NSW exposure locations

NSW Health has identified a number of new COVID-19 exposure locations. If anyone has visited any of the locations on the NSW Health website at the specified date and time please self-quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and complete this form to notify SA Health that they were at the location.

For more information and to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a child who acquired their infection overseas. The child was transferred to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital but has since been discharged back to their medi-hotel where they will remain under close observation.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 760 confirmed cases in total
  • 752 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 330,679 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 8,059 tests yesterday
  • 1,405,415 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 3 - Pfizer vaccine available to RACF Workers from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Good morning,  

To ensure that aged care workers can be fully vaccinated quickly, SA Health is now making the Pfizer vaccine available to all people working in a Residential Aged Care Facility, regardless of age.

Please see attached an important update to be distributed to all staff in your facility about this.

This includes information relating to making an appointment, frequently asked questions and translated information.

COVID-19 vaccine update Roll up for your Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FAQ – Aged Care rollout

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 2 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 272: Wednesday 2 June 2021

NSW exposure locations

NSW Health has identified a number of COVID-19 exposure locations. If anyone has visited any of the locations on the NSW Health website at the specified date and time please self-quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and complete this form to notify SA Health that they were at the location.

For more information and to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 vaccine update

South Australians can continue to roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Wayville COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic during this year’s Royal Adelaide Show. People over 50 years can book an appointment at the Wayville Vaccination Clinic as well as other SA Health clinics, GPs, Respiratory Clinics, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services.

Anyone 16 years and over living in regional South Australia can book an appointment at a regional vaccination clinic via www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/regionalclinics.

For more information on the South Australian rollout plan visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been six cases of COVID-19 reported today, however five are considered old infections. Today’s cases include two children, a teenager, a woman in her 30s, a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 60s, who all recently arrived from overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival. While the man in his 60s is an active infection, the other five people are considered old infections and have been added to our case numbers as they have not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 6 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 760 confirmed cases in total
  • 753 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 321,176 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 7,918 tests yesterday
  • 1,397,356 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 271: Tuesday 1 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update
South Australians now have access to daily vaccination data to track the state’s vaccination numbers and encourage others to roll up their sleeve when it is their turn, with digital billboard displays commencing this week across metropolitan Adelaide. The billboards are one aspect of a wider marketing campaign that will help inform South Australians which people are eligible to receive the vaccine, where they can access it, and how many people have already rolled up to protect themselves, their loved ones and the wider community.
For more information on the South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Victoria Park COVID-19 testing update
The Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi COVID-19 drive-through testing site will stay open 24/7 until further notice. The testing site has also reached a major milestone today with 100,000 COVID-19 tests since opening in August 2020.
To find a testing location and opening hours, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 754 confirmed cases in total
  • 748 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 313,097 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 5,334 tests yesterday
  • 1,389,438 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 31 - Important information for RACF Providers from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

2021 Influenza Vaccination – Tuesday, 1 June 2021:

As of Tuesday, 1 June 2021, all staff and visitors to a RACF must be vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza in order to enter or remain on the premises of a RACF. Existing exemption criteria apply.

Vaccination Reporting Due – COB Tuesday 1 June 2021:

The attached reporting template is required to be completed and submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au for up to and including Monday 31 May 2021. The following report will be due 15 June 2021.

Instructions on reporting, including the required submission dates and employee definitions are included in the template.

NOTE: Employees, contractors and volunteers of RACFs are required to notify the operator of the RACF of any COVID-19 vaccination received (and provide evidence of same) if that vaccination was not conducted at a clinic held at the RACF. Operators of a RACF are required to maintain records of COVID-19 vaccinations received by those persons.

COVID-19 RACF Outbreak Policy:

  • The Joint Protocol: Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in SA RACF has now been formally signed by the Commonwealth, Department of Health and South Australian, Department for Health and Wellbeing. The Joint Protocol formalises the coordination of government support to a RACF provider in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. The protocol outlines the governance structures, escalation procedures and expectations around information sharing, coordination activities and timeframes.
  • The COVID-19 Strategy for Residential Aged Care Facilities is available as a resource document to guide RACF providers in the prevention, preparation, management and recovery stages of responding to COVID-19 situations in South Australia. This document has recently been updated to ensure alignment with new the Joint Protocol.
  • To supplement the Strategy and Joint Protocol, the Integrated Response Framework for the Management of Multiple Outbreaks in SA RACF has also been updated. This document outlines the South Australian integrated response to the risk of multiple concurrent outbreaks of COVID-19 in RACFs, establishes a blueprint to guide the collaborative roles and responsibilities of accountable responders, and identifies specific challenges and solutions associated with a range of escalating scenarios.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact the Office for Ageing Well: officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

2021 Influenza and COVID Vaccination Reporting Template

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 31 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 270: Monday 31 May 2021

Victoria border update

Effective 7.45pm 28 May 2021, anyone who has been in Victoria on or after 20 May 2021 are not permitted to enter South Australia.

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to SA, people fleeing domestic violence and essential travellers, however, testing and quarantine requirements apply.

Anyone who has recently returned from Victoria or is planning to return to SA from Victoria should visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing for more information on the testing and quarantine requirements that apply to them.

More information on the Cross Border Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Elizabeth COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic opened today, providing both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to those eligible under phases 1a, 1b and 2a of the roll out program.

For more information on the South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Flu vaccine

South Australians are being encouraged to get their flu vaccine this winter, making sure there is at least 14 days either side of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. From tomorrow, this years’ flu vaccine would be essential for most South Australians who want to visit or work in a Residential Aged Care Facility. Through the National Immunisation Program, free flu vaccines are available for people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, children aged six months to less than five years of age, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over six months, and people with certain medical conditions that predispose them to flu-related complications.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 754 confirmed cases in total
  • 747 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 305,878 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 5,064 tests yesterday
  • 1,384,104 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 27 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 269: Thursday 27 May 2021

Victoria exposure locations

SA Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Victoria with confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the community. The Victorian Department of Health has identified a number of new COVID-19 exposure locations. If anyone has visited any of the Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure locations on the Victorian website at the specified dates and times, they must quarantine for 14 days and get tested on day 1, day 5 and day 13. They must also complete this form to notify SA Health that they were at this location.

For more information regarding testing and quarantine requirements, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 testing update

Many South Australian COVID-19 testing sites are experiencing longer than usual wait times. It is important that people be patient with testing staff who are working hard to organise logistics and collect samples.

To find a testing location and opening hours, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 752 confirmed cases in total
  • 745 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 286,668 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 7,042 tests yesterday
  • 1,357,707 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 25 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 267: Tuesday 25 May 2021

Victoria border update

Effective 8.25pm 24 May 2021, anyone who visited any of the Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure locations on the Victorian Department of Health website at the specified dates and times is not permitted to enter South Australia.

Anyone currently in South Australia who visited any of the exposure locations on the Victorian website at the specified dates and times must:

  • quarantine for 14 days
  • get tested immediately and again on day 5 and day 13
  • wear a mask at any time they come into contact with the public for the 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing)
  • complete this form to notify that they were at the location.

Anyone entering South Australia who has been in the City of Whittlesea in the past 14 days must:

  • get tested as soon as possible and quarantine until a negative test result is received.
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless symptomatic.
  • not enter a high risk setting until a negative test result is received in the first test, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).

Anyone currently in South Australia who has been in the City of Whittlesea on or after 6 May must:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and quarantine until a negative test result is received.
  • not enter a high risk setting until a negative test result is received in the first test, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).

SA Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Victoria with confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the community. For the latest information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 vaccine update

More South Australians now have access to the COVID-19 vaccine with the Noarlunga COVID-19 vaccination clinic opening today. Eligible people can book an appointment at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

Anyone 16 years and over living in regional South Australia is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through a regional vaccination clinic. For more information, including FAQs or to book an appointment, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/regionalclinics.

COVID-19 case update

There was one case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 30s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 750 confirmed cases in total
  • 744 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 272,612 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,743 tests yesterday
  • 1,346,301 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 26 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 268: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Victoria border update

From 6.00pm 26 May 2021, people who have been in Greater Melbourne on or after 20 May 2021 are not permitted to enter South Australia.

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia, and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival they must:

  • quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 of quarantine
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time they come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing).

Essential travellers are also permitted, however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

People who have been in Greater Melbourne on or after 20 May and entered South Australia before 6.00pm 26 May, must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in their first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event or high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival.

People who have been in the City of Greater Bendigo on or after 22 May 2021 and entered South Australia after 6.00pm 26 May, must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in their first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event or high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival.

For more information and advice, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Medi-hotel update

SA Health has released a report into a potential source of infection for COVID-19 in a male who quarantined in a South Australian medi-hotel and became unwell 22 days after arrival in Australia. There was no high-risk single event or high-risk breach in infection prevention and control practices identified during this investigation. Six recommendations have been made based on the findings from the investigation to address these factors and reduce the risk of transmission occurring again within a medi-hotel as outlined in the report.

COVID-19 case update

There were two cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases include a man in his 50s and a man in his 20s, who both acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival. The man in his 20s is considered an old infection and has been added to our case numbers as he has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 752 confirmed cases in total
  • 745 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 279,195 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 4,364 tests yesterday
  • 1,350,665 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 25 - Victorian Arrivals and Entry to SA RACFs Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Effective 8:25pm, 24 May 2021, those who have visited or have travelled from the public exposure sites listed on the Victorian Government COVID-19 website are subject to restrictions on entering a RACF.

Travelling from Victoria

  • Any person already in South Australia who has visited a Tier 1 or Tier 2at the relevant time is subject to Level 4 restrictions and may not enter a RACF (or any prescribed high risk setting)
  • Any person who was in the City of Whittlesea on or after 6 May 2021 is subject to modified Level 2 restrictions (self-quarantine until negative COVID-19 test, no entry to A RACF until negative COVID-19 test, and only required to test until first negative result).

Note: City of Whittlesea includes the suburbs and rural localities of Beveridge, Donnybrook, Doreen, Eden Park, Epping, Humevale, Kinglake West, Lalor, Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang, Thomastown, Whittlesea, Wollert, Woodstock and Yan Yean.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Emerging cross border travel requirements is available on the SA Police website: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 25 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA VACCINE ROLLOUT

From today, South Australians living in regional areas aged 16 years and older will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccine through a regional vaccination clinic.

Those living in regional areas will need to bring proof of address to the appointment, such as a driver’s license, utility bill, or student ID.

Some regional clinics may only offer Pfizer, which is available to people aged under 50, while others may only offer AstraZeneca, which is suitable for people aged 50 years and over.

More appointments will be added as more vaccine becomes available.

If you cannot find an appointment now, please try again at a later time or look for a different vaccination clinic.

For more information and to book visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/regionalclinics

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 266: Monday 24 May 2021

Victoria exposure locations

The Victorian Department of Health has identified a number of COVID-19 exposure sites associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Anyone who visited any of the locations listed on the Victorian website at the specified date and time should immediately self-quarantine get tested for COVID-19 complete this form to notify SA Health that they were at this location.

More information will be available soon at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 vaccine update

To keep our state safe, we are ensuring all South Australians have access to COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community. People living in regional areas aged 16 years and above are now able to get their COVID-19 vaccine through a regional vaccination clinic. From tomorrow, eligible South Australians can book an appointment online at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/regionalclinics.

COVID-19 case update

There was one case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 30s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. His case is considered an old infection and he has been added to our case numbers as he has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 749 confirmed cases in total
  • 744 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 267,172 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,202 tests yesterday
  • 1,343,558 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 21 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 21 May 2021 - Dept. of Health

In this edition:
What’s new:

  • COVID-19 vaccine aged care roll-out update
  • More options to access a COVID-19 vaccination
  • A conversation with Alison McMillan and Annie Butler
  • Vaccinating residents who were absent at their facility’s in-reach vaccination clinics
  • What to do if a person misses their second Pfizer dose
  • RFT extended for facilities wishing to vaccinate workers
  • Questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Updated advice for ACT residential aged care facilities
  • Updated advice for NSW residential aged and home care services

Resources:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 21 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 265: Friday 21 May 2021

COVID-19 Direction update

There have been changes to the Cross Border-Associated Direction and Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction. From 12.01am 22 May, Victorian arrivals no longer have any COVID-19 testing, quarantine or entry restrictions. Effective 1.25pm today, changes to the RACF Direction include all employees, contractors and volunteers of a RACF must notify the operator of the facility of any COVID-19 vaccination they have received if the vaccination was not conducted onsite or by the facility.

Find more information, including the new Directions and frequently asked questions, at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There was one case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 40s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. His case is considered an old infection and he has been added to our case numbers as he has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 748 confirmed cases in total
  • 739 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 257,411 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,576 tests yesterday
  • 1,334,519 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 20 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 264: Thursday 20 May 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Late yesterday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed a case of Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) following an AstraZeneca vaccination in South Australia. The confirmed case is a 53-year-old man, who is in a serious condition in ICU. There is also a probable case of TTS in an 87-year-old woman who is in a stable condition in hospital.

SA Health is committed to providing all South Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Every vaccination comes with a potential risk and we are guided by the expert advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in relation to the rollout and the vaccines that are used. AstraZeneca remains approved for use in people aged 50 and over, and if anyone has any concerns about the type of vaccine they are offered, they are encouraged to speak to their GP.

For more information on the South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 testing reminder

As the cold and flu season approaches, it is important that anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should be encouraged to get tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell or diarrhoea or vomiting.

To find a testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

COVID-19 case update

There was one case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a woman in her 30s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 747 confirmed cases in total
  • 736 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 250,026 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,875 tests yesterday
  • 1,330,943 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 20 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

Who is eligible now to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

Eligible people include:

  • anyone 50 years and over
  • adults with an eligible underlying medical condition
  • health care, residential aged care and allied health staff
  • residential disability care residents and staff
  • quarantine, medi-hotel, airport and maritime workers
  • critical and high-risk workers in defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

Where can I get my vaccine?

South Australians can get the COVID-19 vaccine at participating GP clinics, Respiratory Clinics and the following SA Health vaccination clinics:

  • Wayville (open and taking appointments)
  • Mount Gambier (open and taking appointments)
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital (open and taking appointments)
  • Noarlunga (open on Tuesday 25 May and now has bookings available)
  • Elizabeth (open on Monday 31 May and now has bookings available).
  • Many more clinics available in regional areas.

Bookings are required at all COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

If you do not have Medicare, please ensure your appointment is booked at a Respiratory Clinic or SA Health vaccination clinic.

How do I book my appointment?

SA Health clinics have been added to the national booking system to make it easy for South Australians to see all their options for the COVID-19 vaccine in one place. Finding an appointment is quick and easy.

Recording of live Q&A: vaccine information for people 50 and over

Watch the recording of the live Q&A about COVID-19 vaccines for people 50 and over, hosted by with Professor Nicola Spurrier, Dr Mike Cusack and Dr Pravin Hissaria.

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Up – translated posters

You can access posters translated into 18 languages about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/rollupresources.

Additional translated campaign resources will be made available soon.

As a reminder, translated information about COVID-19 vaccines is available on the Commonwealth Government Department of Health website.

For those needing support

We would like to remind community groups and leaders that various services are available to help anyone needing extra support during this time. Services include:

  • ASKPEACE Multicultural Services

Call (08) 8245 8110 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, to speak directly to a multicultural counsellor or support worker or email askpeace@rasa.org.au.

Clients can leave a message if they call after hours and the counsellor will call back the next time they are in the office. Interpreters for various languages are available.

  • SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line (operated by Uniting Communities)

Call 1800 632 753 to speak to a counsellor between 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week. A counsellor will call back if someone leaves a message. The counsellors can arrange translators.

  • The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Available for children and young people under the age of 16, (in some regions up to the age of 18) by calling 1300 222 647 (1300 2 CAMHS) Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 5.00pm, excluding public holidays.

  • Mental Health Emergency Triage Service – Call 13 14 65, available 24 hours.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 19 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 263: Wednesday 19 May 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

People with an underlying medical condition are eligible to received the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1b of the roll out.

Eligible people can book an appointment at COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Wayville, Noarlunga, Elizabeth, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and many regional locations.

All people over 50 can also get vaccinated at participating GPs and Respiratory Clinics.

The Elizabeth COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is now taking bookings for eligible groups, including:

  • Anyone 50 years and over.
  • Adults with an eligible underlying medical condition.
  • All healthcare, allied health and support staff and students in healthcare settings.
  • Residential aged care and disability care staff.
  • Quarantine, medi-hotel, airport and maritime workers.
  • Critical and high risk workers in defence, police, fire, emergency services, meat processing

Bookings are essential at all COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

For more information on the South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 9 active COVID-19 cases
  • 746 confirmed cases in total
  • 733 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 242,975 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 4,332 tests yesterday
  • 1,327,068 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 18 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 262: Tuesday 18 May 2021

Border restriction update

From today, New South Wales arrivals no longer have any COVID-19 testing, quarantine or entry restrictions. Victorian arrivals are still required to comply with restrictions if they have visited any of the Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure locations on the Victorian Department of Health website at the specified dates and times.

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 vaccine update

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 16 years are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in South Australian rollout. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49 years can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment by calling the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.

Anyone over 50 years can book their appointment using the online booking system.

For more information on the South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There were four cases of COVID-19 reported today, which are all being considered as old infections. Today’s cases include a man and woman in their 20s, and two teenagers, who all acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival. They have been added to our case numbers as they have not been counted overseas. All four were travelling with a case reported on Saturday 15 May that has also been reclassified as an old infection.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 9 active COVID-19 cases
  • 746 confirmed cases in total
  • 733 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 233,985 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,353 tests yesterday
  • 1,322,736 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 18 - COVID-19 Update from Department of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

The Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) has released a Disability Provider Alert to provide an update on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to the disability sector.

Please refer to the 13 May 2021 Disability Provider Alert for further information, including a link to a new AstraZeneca Easy Read document.

A new NDIS COVID-19 Vaccine Provider alert, which includes links to NDIS Commission vaccine resources, is also available on the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission website.

Based on advice from the Commonwealth, SA Health has prepared a detailed update on access to COVID-19 vaccines for people living and working in residential disability facilities. The update provides information on the in-reach delivery model, the vaccine type and scope of responsibility for each in-reach provider, and links to resources and further information on the vaccines.

GP clinics will begin offering vaccines to South Australians aged 50 years and over from this week.

The South Australia Government is further supporting this by redistributing 30,000 vaccine doses to GPs to maximise the rollout. GP clinics across the state will start to receive their share of the additional doses within the next two weeks following a recent expression of interest process.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in South Australia will be further supported with the opening of the Noarlunga mass vaccination clinic on Tuesday 25 May and the Elizabeth mass vaccination clinic on Monday 31 May.

As with the Wayville clinic at the Adelaide Showgrounds, the Noarlunga and Elizabeth sites will also be ‘dual stream’ clinics, delivering both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine, to give more eligible South Australians access to the vaccination.

Bookings are now open for the Noarlunga clinic via the SA Health website and will open in the coming days for the Elizabeth clinic.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout across South Australia will be undertaken in line with the Commonwealth Government’s Vaccine Roadmap.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Source: Department of Humarn Services


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 17 - RACF Vaccination Reporting Reminder - second round of reporting due cob Tuesday 18 May from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear Colleagues

As per the attached correspondence (sent 19 April 2021) and in-line with requirements under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, all staff and visitors to a residential aged care facility must be vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza by 1 June 2021. In the interests of monitoring and protecting older South Australians who live in an RACF, the attached reporting template has been distributed  seeking 2021 vaccination information.

Vaccination Reporting – Tomorrow, COB Tuesday 18 May 2021

The attached reporting template has been developed to capture the number of employees and residents who have been vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza and COVID-19.

The template is required to be completed and submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au for up to and including Monday 17 May 2021. Subsequent reports must be provided every 14 days up to and including 14 June 2021.

Instructions on reporting, including the required submission dates and employee definitions are included in the template.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact the Office for Ageing Well: officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 17 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 261: Monday 17 May 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

More South Australians will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine from today with the opening of the Mount Gambier Vaccination Clinic and GP clinics beginning to offer vaccines to people aged 50 years and over.

Noarlunga COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will open on Tuesday 25 May and now has bookings available for eligible groups. This includes:

  • anyone over 50
  • adults with an eligible underlying medical condition
  • health care, residential aged care and allied health staff
  • residential disability care residents and staff
  • quarantine, medi-hotel, airport and maritime workers
  • critical and high risk workers in defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

Elizabeth COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be opening on Monday 31 May and bookings will be open in the coming days.

For more information on the South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There was one case of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The case was a teenager who is a returned traveller from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Serology testing is still underway to determine if it is an old or new infection and the individual was travelling with a large family group and tested positive on their day nine test.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 14 active COVID-19 cases
  • 742 confirmed cases in total
  • 724 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 229,134 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,403 tests yesterday
  • 1,320,384 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 13 - COVID-19 vaccine information for older people from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

SA Health is committed to providing all South Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.

COVID-19 vaccine Q&A panel for over 50s

Earlier this week, SA Health hosted a live COVID-19 vaccine Q&A for over 50s, with panellists:

  • Professor Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer
  • Dr Mike Cusack, Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr Pravin Hissaria, Clinical Immunologist, Medical Director – COVID Vaccination, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Watch the video on YouTube or share on Facebook.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine information for older people

SA Health has developed a fact sheet and FAQs for older people with information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 13 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 260: Thursday 13 May 2021

Interstate exposure locations

A number of public exposure locations have been identified in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia that are linked to positive cases of COVID-19. If anyone has visited any of the locations at the date and time listed, they should self-quarantine and complete the online form to notify SA Health.

For more information and to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 741 confirmed cases in total
  • 722 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 214,310 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,820 tests yesterday
  • 1,307,717 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 17 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 17 May 2021 - Dept. of Health

In this edition:
What’s new:

  • COVID-19 vaccine aged care roll-out update
  • Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries
  • Factsheet for residential aged care workers – now available in 19 languages
  • Vaccinating in-home and community aged care recipients and workers
  • COVID-19 Eligibility Checker
  • Sonic Pfizer clinics for residential aged care workers aged under 50
  • Victorian Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Webinars

Resources:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 13 - COVID SAfe Plan notification: Launch of Operation Trace from Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Thank you for playing your part in keeping SA COVID Safe. The COVID SAfe Check-In is one of the most important tools we have in tracing the potential spread of COVID-19 during an exposure or outbreak. When an outbreak occurs, if everyone has been checking in consistently, we are less likely to need measures like widespread requirements for isolation, lockdowns and border closures.

Launch of Operation Trace

SA Police have launched Operation ‘Trace’ today, using plain clothes police officers to ensure that people are checking in and providing their contact details when they enter a business or attend a public activity.

Police officers will also be ensuring businesses have QR codes displayed, are providing a secure hard copy check-in option and are ensuring as far as possible that customers and patrons are checking in.

Full details and requirements in relation to using the COVID SAfe Check-In system are in the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 24) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Keeping physical contact tracing records secure

Following an incident of a person misusing information taken from physical contact tracing records at a business, we would like to help you ensure your physical contact tracing records are kept secure.

Contact tracing records must be kept in a way that reduces the risk of them being copied, photographed, taken or used by another person (other than an authorised officer). Here are some ideas to help you reduce the risk of your customer’s details being copied:

  • Place paper-based contact tracing records where they can be supervised by a staff member as well as regularly removed and replaced with a new contact tracing record sheet.
  • Provide customers with individual check-in sheets that customers can fill in and put into a secure box. Individual check-in sheet templates are available at www.sa.gov.au/checkin.
  • Store records in a safe location at the end of each day. After 28 days they should be disposed of securely. If your business does not have bins specifically for confidential documents, please shred or rip the records into small pieces before disposing.
  • You can scan the records and keep them electronically instead of retaining all paper records for 28 days. If you do this, please ensure your system is secure and the electronic records are fully deleted/disposed of securely after 28 days.

For more information and resources, visit www.sa.gov.au/checkin.

Public Activities Direction Update

The Public Activities Direction has been updated in South Australia and came into effect on Friday 7 May 2021. The Direction amendment prohibits interference with COVID SAfe Check-In QR codes.

This means a person who interferes with or removes a sign containing a dedicated COVID SAfe Check-In QR code without authorisation is in breach of the Direction and may receive an expiation notice under the Emergency Management Act 2004.

More Information

For more information please visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week.

Source: Department of the Premier and Cabinet


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 259: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Victoria COVID-19 case update

Genomics results have returned this afternoon and confirmed the COVID-19 case in Victoria is linked to a recent case currently in Tom’s Court. Investigations into the precise cause of transmission are ongoing.

In an abundance of caution, those people who were on level three of the hotel during the period of concern who have subsequently been discharged will be required to quarantine for a further 14 days. This includes 10 South Australians who will be able to quarantine at home, if the home setting is suitable. At this stage, there have been no new cases linked to this case.

Victoria restriction update

From 12.23 pm 12 May 2021, if anyone has visited any of the Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure locations on the Victorian Department of Health website at the specified dates and times they are not permitted to enter South Australia.

If they are currently in South Australia and visited any of the exposure locations of the Victorian website, they must:

  • quarantine for 14 days at a place determined by an authorised officer
  • get tested immediately
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after arrival
  • wear a face mask at any time they come into contact with the public for the 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing)
  • complete this form to notify that they were at the location.

Anyone who has been in Victoria since 6 May should closely monitor for symptoms and get tested as soon as they develop, no matter how mild.

For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s, who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 20 active COVID-19 cases
  • 741 confirmed cases in total
  • 717 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 207,827 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,565 tests yesterday
  • 1,303,897 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 11 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 258: Tuesday 11 May 2021

Victoria exposure locations

SA Health has been notified of a positive COVID-19 case who recently completed quarantine in South Australia and has since tested positive in Victoria. The man was not considered infectious in SA.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified COVID-19 exposure locations associated with this case.

Anyone who visited any of the locations listed on the Victorian DHHS website at the specified date and time should

  • immediately self-quarantine
  • get tested for COVID-19
  • complete this form to notify SA Health that they were at this location.

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 vaccine Q&A

Professor Nicola Spurrier, Dr Mike Cusack and Dr Pravin Hissaria hosted a live Q&A about COVID-19 vaccines for people over 50. Catch up with the video on the SA Health YouTube channel.

More information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 19 active COVID-19 cases
  • 740 confirmed cases in total
  • 717 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 202,578 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,142 tests yesterday
  • 1,300,332 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May 10 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 257: Monday 10 May 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

COVID-19 vaccination for adults over 50 years of age commenced today at the Wayville Vaccination Clinic. People over 50 years can book an appointment at the Wayville Vaccination Clinic, with more metro and regional clinics opening in the coming weeks.

For more information on the South Australian rollout plan visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Live Q&A tonight

Professor Nicola Spurrier, Dr Mike Cusack and Dr Pravin Hissaria will be hosting a live Q&A about COVID-19 vaccines for people over 50. Tune in tonight (Monday 10 May) at 7.00pm ACST via the SA Health Facebook page. The Q&A will also be available to download tomorrow on the SA Health YouTube channel.

COVID-19 case update

Over the weekend there were two new cases of COVID-19 reported. The cases are a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, who both acquired their infections overseas. The man has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival and the woman is considered an old infection and has been added to our case numbers as she has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 19 active COVID-19 cases
  • 740 confirmed cases in total
  • 717 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 197,811 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,130 tests yesterday
  • 1,298,190 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 28 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Vaccine update - Dept. of Health

Vaccinating workers in residential aged care

The Australian Government has revised the COVID-19 vaccine pathways for workers in residential aged care, as agreed at the National Cabinet meeting on 22 April 2021. The revised rollout aims to make it as easy as possible for workers to get vaccinated quickly and safely.

National Cabinet agreed that:

  • People aged under 50 will access the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • People aged 50 and over will access the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The Department of Health has developed a factsheet and infographic to support residential aged care workers to understand where and how they can access a vaccination. This includes detailed information on the options available.

The factsheet is currently being translated into 19 languages.

An information pack has been distributed to all residential aged care facilities with materials for distribution to their workforce.

In summary:

Residential aged care workers 50 years and over can access an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at:

  • Available now: GP clinics, GP respiratory clinics or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
  • State and territory clinics coming on line progressively: State and territory AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

Residential aged care workers under 50 can access a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at:

  • State and territory clinics coming on line progressively: State and territory Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
  • Clinics commencing from 3 May: Commonwealth Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinics dedicated to residential aged care and disability workers only. The first of these clinics will be available in Sydney from 3 May. Information on these clinics has been sent directly to all Sydney-based facilities.

Information on state and territory vaccination clinics and participating GPs can be accessed through the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. If you can’t find details for nearby clinics, please check regularly as the listings will be updated as clinics become available.

Available now for residential aged care facilities that wish to participate: In addition, residential aged care facilities can choose to hold an on-site vaccination clinic for their workforce. These clinics will deliver the appropriate Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, in line with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommendations for those aged under 50 or aged 50 and over.

Update to COVID-19 vaccine dose policy

The COVID-19 vaccine dose policy has been updated in line with current medical advice recommending Pfizer as the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 50.

With the exception of residents, individuals aged under 50 should be prioritised to receive excess Pfizer doses in residential aged care, while still ensuring prioritisation principles are followed as below:

  1. Any residents who have not provided advance consent, however are able to provide consent on the day of vaccination, including respite residents who are expected to be at the RACF at the time for the second dose.
  2. Individuals aged under 50
    1. Vaccine workforce provider staff
    2. Residential aged care facility staff
    3. Essential care persons
    4. Other regular visitors to RACFs including aged care advocates, Dementia Australia staff and Community Visitors Scheme visitors
    5. Family member of residents on site for the day of vaccination.

Residential aged care facilities should ensure they adhere to these new guidelines by following the updated COVID-19 vaccine dose policy published on the Department of Health website.

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 28 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 249: Wednesday 28 April 2021

COVID-19 testing site update

The Tanunda War Memorial Hospital COVID-19 drive-through testing site will be temporarily closed on Thursday 29 April and will reopen on Friday 30 April. From today, Port Augusta COVID-19 mobile testing site operating hours will change to 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

More information and alternative testing options is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

COVID-19 case update

Following further investigations, an historical case reported on Monday 26 April 2021 has been removed from our case numbers.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 31 active COVID-19 cases
  • 719 confirmed cases in total
  • 684 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 149,640 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,146 tests yesterday
  • 1,259,490 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 28 - DHS COVID-19 Vaccine update - Dept. of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

Following cases of COVID-19 in Western Australia late last week, restricted zones were declared in Western Australia in the Perth and Peel Regions and restrictions were put in place relating to travel from these areas into South Australia.

I am pleased to advise that as at 4.50pm 27 April 2021, entry from these restricted zones (Perth and Peel Regions) of Western Australia is permitted.

Whilst travel restrictions have been lifted, anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel Regions on or after 17 April 2021 must:

  • get tested as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless symptomatic.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit). High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

More information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Anyone currently in quarantine from a restricted zone will be able to leave quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result in the first test, unless they have been otherwise directed by SA Health.

A copy of the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our DHS COVID-19 Response team via email.

Ngaityalya (Kaurna: thank you)

Joe Young
Acting Chief Executive

Source: Department of Human Services


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 247: Saturday 24 April 2021

COVID-19 border restriction update

Effective 12.01am 24 April 2021, people are not permitted to enter South Australia from restricted zones of Western Australia.

The restricted zones include:

  • Perth Region
  • Peel Region

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival they must:

  • quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time they come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period

Essential travellers are also permitted however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

People who arrived in South Australia from the restricted zones between 12.01am 17 April and 12.00am 24 April must:

  • get a test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit). High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

Anyone visited one of the locations listed on the WA Department of Health website at the specified dates and time should immediately self-quarantine and complete this survey to notify SA Health that they were at the location.

More information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 testing site update

A number of testing sites have updated hours over the Anzac Day long weekend. To check the opening hours or to find an alternative testing location visit, www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

The Tailem Bend COVID-19 mobile testing site will also be closing at the end of the day on Sunday 25 March.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 reported today and one reported yesterday. Today’s case is a male child who acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

Yesterday’s case is a woman in her 70s who is not infectious and is considered an old infection.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 25 active COVID-19 cases
  • 704 confirmed cases in total
  • 675 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 143,378 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,439 tests yesterday
  • 1,246,634 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 24 - Important Information for RACF - Arrivals from WA from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear Colleagues,

From 12.01am 24 April 2021, The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 4)(COVID -19) Direction 2021 has been replaced with the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 5)(COVID -19) Direction 2021

People are not permitted to enter South Australia from restricted zones of Western Australia including:
– Perth
– Peel Region

Anyone who arrived in South Australia from the restricted zones between 12.01am 17 April and 12.00am 24 April must not enter or remain on the premises of a RACF for 14 days after arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. end of life support visit).

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing<http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing>.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 21 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 245: Wednesday 21 April 2021

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 reported today. The cases are a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 20s, who both acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 20 active COVID-19 cases
  • 693 confirmed cases in total
  • 669 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 129,219 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,103 tests yesterday
  • 1,237,969 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 22 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 246: Thursday 22 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

SA Health are committed to providing all South Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. Giving all South Australians access to the COVID-19 vaccination is a vital part of keeping South Australia safe.

The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy has been recalibrated to align with ATAGI recommendations about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In order to accommodate this change, SA Health will be establishing vaccination clinics across the state to ensure that eligible cohorts have access to the vaccine they need. More information about the South Australian vaccine roll out will be available soon.

COVID-19 case update

There have been nine new cases of COVID-19 reported today. The cases include a man in his 30s, a woman in her 40s and three men in their 40s who all acquired their infections overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

Three of today’s cases, two teenagers and a woman in her 50s, are considered old infections. However, as the cases have not been reported overseas, they have been added to our case numbers.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 9 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 30 active COVID-19 cases
  • 702 confirmed cases in total
  • 669 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 134,182 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 3,279 tests yesterday
  • 1,241,248 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 20 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 244: Tuesday 20 April 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar

On Thursday 22 April at 9.30am Business SA will be hosting a live webinar with Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease. This will provide the latest overview of the COVID-19 vaccine, its associated rollout and what businesses need to know. Register here.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today, all reported from medi-hotels. Today’s cases include a man in his 50s, a man in his 20s, and a teenager. All three cases acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 18 active COVID-19 cases
  • 691 confirmed cases in total
  • 669 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 124,380 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,614 tests yesterday
  • 1,234,866 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 19 - Letter from the A/Chief Public Health Officer to Operators of Residential Aged Care Facilities in South Australia

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, under the Emergency Management Direction, by 1 June 2021, all staff and visitors to a residential aged care facility must be vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza. In addition, the Australian COVID-19 vaccination program is currently underway in RACFs. COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary, but strongly encouraged for both residents and staff.

Please find attached letter from the A/Chief Public Health Officer, Dr Michael Cusak, and reporting template seeking 2021 vaccination information.

Vaccination Reporting – COB 4 May 2021

The attached reporting template has been developed to capture the number of employees and residents who have been vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza and COVID-19.

The template is required to be completed and submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au for up to and including 3 May 2021. Subsequent reports must be provided every 14 days up to and including 14 June 2021.

Instructions on reporting, including the required submission dates and employee definitions are included in the template.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact the Office for Ageing Well: officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 19 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 243: Monday 19 April 2021

COVID-19 case update

There have been six new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases include a man in his 60s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 20s, and two children. All six cases acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival.

Over the weekend there were four new cases of COVID-19 reported. The cases are one female in her 30s, two females in their 60s, and one male in his 60s. All cases acquired their infections overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 6 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 19 active COVID-19 cases
  • 688 confirmed cases in total
  • 665 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 119,102 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 2,124 tests yesterday
  • 1,232,250 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 16 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 242: Friday 16 April 2021

COVID safe Anzac Day events

Anzac Day is an important day of remembrance for all Australians. There are important things to remember to ensure events are COVID safe. All Anzac Day events require a COVID Safe Plan, which will provide a COVID SAfe Check-In QR code. Events over 1,000 people require an approved COVID Management Plan.

More information and tips on hosting COVID safe events is available here.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 9 active COVID-19 cases
  • 678 confirmed cases in total
  • 665 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,454 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 44,150 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,743 tests yesterday
  • 1,224,963 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 16 - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Update no. 32 from the Department of Home Affairs

Dear Community Leader

You may have seen the update from SA Health and the joint statement from Professor Brendan Murphy, Department of Health Secretary and Professor Paul Kelly, Australian Government Chief Medical Officer with the latest advice on the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine. This statement has now been published on the Department of Health website in 63 languages.

The Australian Department of Health has also provided us the attached COVID-19 vaccines multicultural audiences stakeholder pack. This pack contains in-language communication resources and key messages about the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, vaccine eligibility and vaccine safety. There are links in the stakeholder pack to access translated COVID-19 vaccines information. Resources include audio files, videos and social media content. In addition there is also an attachment with common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines answered.

The Department of Health has also recently launched a new webpage – ‘COVID-19 vaccines – Is it true?’ https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true.

We appreciate that this is a lot of information, but the translations in particular may be useful for your community. Please share them, and let us know if have any questions or other information needs.

Source: SA Community Engagement team, Social Cohesion Division, Department of Home Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 16 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

AstraZeneca Vaccine FAQs

You can read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the updated advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine here.  

You can find answers to questions like:

  • Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
  • Why is AstraZeneca still recommended for people over 50?
  • I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, can I switch to Pfizer for my second dose?
  • What is a serious adverse event?
  • I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?
  • Who can I speak to if I have concerns?

Free Flu Vaccines

Some groups of people are more likely to get very sick from the flu. Free flu vaccines are available to people in those groups who have a Medicare card. Eligible people include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
  • people with chronic conditions that can make them very sick with complications from flu
  • children aged six months to less than five years of age
  • pregnant women
  • people 65 years of age and over
  • people experiencing homelessness.

Free flu vaccinations are available from general practitioners (GPs), some local council providers, community or aged care services, and Aboriginal medical services.

If you are not eligible to receive a free flu vaccine, you can pay to have the vaccine at a relatively low cost. Ask your GP, your local council clinic or pharmacy.

Can I get both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine this year?

Yes, you can. For most people, the recommended time between a dose of the seasonal flu vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days. Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required for full protection.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 16 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 12 March 2021 - Dept. of Health

In this edition:
What’s new:

  • Updated Queensland directions for aged care providers
  • New South Wales: Updated screening advice for residential and home care services
  • Updated advice from ACT Chief Health Officer to ACT residential aged care services
  • Update on COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care workers
  • Update on COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care residents and families
  • AstraZeneca updates available online
  • Influenza vaccinations in residential aged care facilities
  • Aged Care COVID-19 grief and trauma support resources
  • Translated industry code for visiting RACFs

Resources:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 15 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 241: Thursday 15 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The COVID-19 vaccine roll out will reach more South Australians with two vaccination clinics set to open in Elizabeth and Noarlunga in early June. Both sites are expected to be dedicated Pfizer facilities, pending sufficient supply from the Australian Government.

These clinics, in addition to the upcoming establishment of the Wayville, Port Lincoln, Mount Gambier and Kangaroo Island sites, will work toward ensuring every South Australian has access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

More information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been two new cases of COVID-19 reported today. The cases are a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s who have recently returned from overseas and has been in medi-hotels since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 677 confirmed cases in total
  • 661 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,663 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 42,601 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,668 tests yesterday
  • 1,222,220 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 14 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 240: Wednesday 14 April 2021

New Zealand exposure locations

A number of COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in New Zealand. Anyone who has recently returned from NZ and visited any of the locations listed on the NZ Ministry of Health website at the specified dates and times should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. They should also get tested on day 5 and day 13 since they were last at the location.

Public Activities Direction update

The Public Activities Direction has been updated to include public assemblies as a defined public activity and prescribed operation. A public assembly is any convention, procession, parade or commemorative event in a public place. This includes community events, like Anzac Day.

Events under 1000 people require a COVID Safe Plan, COVID Marshal and COVID SAfe Check-In. Events of more than 1000 people require a COVID Management Plan.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid19.sa.gov.au.

SA Pathology testing milestone

Congratulations to SA Pathology who this week performed its one millionth COVID-19 test!

Thanks to the hard work of the organisation since the pandemic began, South Australia has been able to identify cases of COVID-19 and trace their origin, which has assisted in the state’s world-class response to the pandemic.

Thank you to all staff who have contributed and helped keep our community safe.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 30s who has recently returned from overseas and has been in medi-hotels since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 14 active COVID-19 cases
  • 675 confirmed cases in total
  • 657 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,522 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 40,728 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,683 tests yesterday
  • 1,218,552 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 13 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 239: Tuesday 13 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Plans for the vaccination clinic at Adelaide Showgrounds are progressing and it is expected that the clinic will open by the end of the month. The vaccination clinic will solely be a Pfizer clinic and will vaccinate up to 3,000 people each week from Phase 1a and 1b. More information about eligibility and bookings will be made available in the coming weeks.

To find out more information about the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been eight new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases include a child, a woman in her 20s, two women in their 30s, a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 20s, and a man in his 30s. All eight people acquired their infections overseas and have been in medi-hotels since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 8 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 13 active COVID-19 cases
  • 674 confirmed cases in total
  • 657 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,517 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 39,206 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,577 tests yesterday
  • 1,214,869 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 12 - COVID safe Ramadan from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID safe Ramadan
This evening is the beginning of Ramadan. There are some important things to remember to stay COVID safe during Ramadan:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people if sick.
    Wudu before prayers helps to maintain healthy hygiene, but make sure hands are washed regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm.
    Keep 1.5 metres distance from other groups.
  • Use personal prayer rugs, and if sharing with others, wipe down between each use.
  • Avoid sharing waterpipes, which can spread viruses and bacteria.
  • Use COVID Safe Check-In at venues and events.
    People holding an event or ceremony may be required to have a COVID-Safe Plan and a COVID Marshal.
  • For more information, visit the Create a COVID-Safe Plan page

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 238: Monday 12 April 2021

Border restriction update
From today, the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City regions are no longer considered restricted zones. However, if anyone attended one of the locations identified on the Queensland Health website at the specified dates and times, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available on the SA Gov COVID-19 website.

COVID safe Ramadan
This evening is the beginning of Ramadan. There are some important things to remember to stay COVID safe during Ramadan:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people if sick.
    Wudu before prayers helps to maintain healthy hygiene, but make sure hands are washed regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm.
    Keep 1.5 metres distance from other groups.
  • Use personal prayer rugs, and if sharing with others, wipe down between each use.
  • Avoid sharing waterpipes, which can spread viruses and bacteria.
  • Use COVID Safe Check-In at venues and events.
    People holding an event or ceremony may be required to have a COVID-Safe Plan and a COVID Marshal.
  • For more information, visit the Create a COVID-Safe Plan page

COVID-19 case update
There was one new case of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The case was a child who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 666 confirmed cases in total
  • 657 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,695 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 37,656 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,671 tests yesterday
  • 1,212,292 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 236: Friday 9 April 2021

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has very carefully considered the latest vaccination findings out of Europe and the UK – which follow extremely rare instances of people, having taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, developing a very specific syndrome involving blood clots with low platelet counts. The syndrome is called “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia”.
The experience in Europe is that approximately one in every 250,000 people vaccinated with AstraZeneca is diagnosed with the rare blood clots. One person in Australia developed the syndrome after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Subsequently, ATAGI has recommended new changes to the Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Program including a preference for the use of the Pfizer (Cominarty) vaccine in adults aged under 50 years. The complete list of recommendations that have been made and accepted by the Australian Government can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

It is important to note the AstraZeneca vaccine remains highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19 – and that the incidence of the blood-clotting syndrome is very rare.

ATAGI and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will continue to review the evidence on a regular basis, and as with everything during this pandemic, it is possible that there may be further changes to this advice as new evidence emerges or the epidemiological situation changes.

The Australian Government will be working with states and territories to determine how those under the age of 50 in phase 1 can access the Pfizer (Cominarty) vaccine in a timely fashion.
Read the statement from ATAGI and the joint statement from the Department of Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 237: Friday 9 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update
SA Health is working closely with the Australian Government to work through the AstraZeneca Vaccine implications for the vaccine rollout program as an urgent priority.

Further information, including new FAQs, will be available soon at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Cross Border Direction update
After 12.01am 12 April 2021, the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City will no longer be considered restricted zones. However if anyone attended one of the locations identified on the Queensland Health website at the specified date and time, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Supervised Quarantine Direction update
Updates have been made to the Supervised Quarantine Direction in South Australia. The changes include an inclusion of Quarantine Facilities to provide restrictions for those who are not based at a medi-hotel site but are required to undertake supervised quarantine.

COVID-19 case update
There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases include two men in their 40s who both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 665 confirmed cases in total
  • 651 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 3,950 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 34,707 total vaccinations to date*
  • 3,948 tests yesterday
  • 1,203,079 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 8 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 235: Thursday 8 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update
Following a review of the use of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the following recommendations have been made and accepted by the Australian Government:

  • ATAGI recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in adults aged under 50 years. This recommendation is based on the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination) and a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.
  • People who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.

A statement from the ATAGI on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been released and more information, including FAQs, will be available soon.

Cross Border Direction update
From 12.01am 9 April 2021, the Byron Shire Council is no longer considered a restricted zone however if anyone attended one of the locations identified on the NSW Health website at the specified date and time, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update
There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. He is considered an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as he has not been diagnosed and counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 663 confirmed cases in total
  • 651 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,814 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 32,635 total vaccinations to date*
  • 4,103 tests yesterday
  • 1,199,129 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 7 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 234: Wednesday 7 April 2021

Border restriction update
Changes to interstate border restrictions and testing requirements are expected to happen in the coming days.

More information, including a new Cross Border Direction, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update
There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a woman in her 20s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 9 active COVID-19 cases
  • 662 confirmed cases in total
  • 649 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,382 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 30,735 total vaccinations to date*
  • 2,512 tests yesterday
  • 1,195,026 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 6 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 233: Tuesday 6 April 2021

Cross Border Direction update
Effective 3 April 2021, entry from restricted zones (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City) of Queensland is permitted.

Anyone who has been in a restricted zone on or after 20 March 2021 must:

  • get tested as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).

Anyone who is currently in quarantine from a restriction zone, will be able to leave quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result in the first test, unless they attended one of the locations identified on the Queensland Health website. If they have been at one of these locations, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 vaccine update
A small number of people overseas have presented with clotting disorders following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. One case has been reported in Australia and is currently being investigated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Australia’s vaccine safety and regulatory process is world class and people can be confident that vaccines approved for use are safe and effective.

The ATAGI has not changed its advice on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine at this time and have issued communication for consumers and clinicians on the significance and symptoms and signs of thromboses.

A joint statement from acting Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd and Head of the TGA Adj. Professor John Skerritt has been released.
More information about the vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 661 confirmed cases in total
  • 649 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 422 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 29,355 total vaccinations to date*
  • 1,909 tests yesterday
  • 1,192,514 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 232: Thursday 1 April 2021

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales. If anyone has visited one of the COVID-19 exposure locations listed on the Queensland Health website or the NSW Health website they should immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at the location at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

Border restriction update

The COVID-19 situation interstate will be closely monitored over the Easter long weekend and border arrangements will be reviewed early next week.

More information on the existing Cross Border Travel Direction, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. The case is a child who acquired their infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 656 confirmed cases in total
  • 640 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,488 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 27,023 total vaccinations to date*
  • 3,948 tests yesterday
  • 1,178,994 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 31 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 231: Wednesday 31 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

A range of clinics are planned to open in April, to boost the rollout of the vaccine to healthcare and emergency workers and regional communities. This includes:

  • A vaccination hub at Adelaide Showgrounds, which will allow a further 3,000 healthcare staff and emergency workers to be vaccinated each week.
  • Community clinics at Port Lincoln and Mount Gambier.
  • A vaccination team will be sent to Kangaroo Island.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit COVID-19 vaccination.

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales. If anyone has visited one of the COVID-19 exposure locations listed on the Queensland Health website or the NSW Health website they should immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at the location at Contract tracing

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 655 confirmed cases in total
  • 640 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,390 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 25,535 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 5,037 tests yesterday
  • 1,175,046 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 30 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 230: Tuesday 30 March 2021

Cross Border Direction update

From 7.55pm 30 March 2021, the Byron Council Shire is considered a restricted zone.

Anyone who has been in the Byron Council Shire on or after 26 March 2021 must:

  • get a test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).
    High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales. If anyone has visited one of the COVID-19 exposure locations listed on the Queensland Health website or the NSW Health website they should immediately self-quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and notify SA Health that they were at the location at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases are a man in his 20s, a teenager, and a child, who all returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Serology testing is underway to determine if they are old infections.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new case today
  • 18 active COVID-19 cases
  • 655 confirmed cases in total
  • 633 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,358 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 24,145 total vaccinations to date*
  • 3,374 tests yesterday
  • 1,169,973 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 29 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 229: Monday 29 March 2021

From 5.00pm 29 March 2021, people are not permitted to enter South Australia from restricted zones of Queensland.

The restricted zones include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival they must:

  • quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time they come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period

Essential travellers are also permitted however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

People may transit through an airport in a restricted zone, provided they do not leave the airport.

People may transit through the restriction zone by road, provided they travel via the most direct route, do not stop in the restricted zone except for essential purposes (i.e. in an emergency or for respite or fuel) and wear a mask at any time they come into contact with the public.

People who arrived in South Australia from the restricted zones between 12.01am 20 March and 5.00pm 29 March must:

  • get a test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit). High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

Anyone visited one of the locations listed on the Queensland Health website under the heading ‘Close contacts – quarantine for 14 days and complete the contact tracing self-assessment’ at the specified dates and time should immediately self-quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and complete this survey to notify SA Health that they were at the location.

More information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

New Cross Border Travel Direction

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 42) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked at 4.00 pm on Monday 29 March 2021.  The Direction has been replaced with Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 and the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 1) (COVID -19) Direction 2021.

The new general Direction introduces different levels of requirements, restrictions and prohibitions that reflect the different levels of risk associated with people arriving in South Australia.

The Associated Direction specifies the different level of requirements that may apply to different groups (i.e. essential travellers and permitted arrivals). It also specifies places that are restricted zones. The Associated Direction should be read in conjunction with the General Direction.

More information, including the new Directions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man in his 30s and a man in his 40s who have both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

Over the weekend there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported. The cases are a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s, two woman in their 30s and a teenage male. All cases  have recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new case today
  • 16 active COVID-19 cases
  • 652 confirmed cases in total
  • 632 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 190 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 22,687 total vaccinations to date*
  • 2,553 tests yesterday
  • 1,166,599 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 26 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 228: Friday 26 March 2021

Queensland COVID-19 exposure locations

Queensland Health has identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites.

Anyone who has been in the Brisbane or Moreton Bay areas since 20 March should get tested as soon as possible and isolate until you receive a negative test result. They should get tested again on day 5 and day 13. There is no requirement to isolate after the day 5 and day 13 test, unless they have symptoms.

More information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 vaccine information for older people

A range of resources with information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out for older South Australians are now available on the SA Health website. This include a fact sheet and frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 vaccine for people over 70.

More information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new COVID-19 case today. The case is a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. The case is considered an old infection but has been added to South Australia’s numbers as he was not previously diagnosed or reported overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 645 confirmed cases in total
  • 630 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,496 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 20,832 total vaccinations to date*
  • 2,522 tests yesterday
  • 1,159,015 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 226: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Public Activities Direction update

Effective 12.01am 31 March 2021, density requirements and restrictions on dancefloor capacity and indoor venues will be relaxed in South Australia.

Changes include:

  • The Density requirement will move from 1 person per 2 sq metres to 3 people per 4 sq metres (equivalent to 75%)
  • The capacity for cinemas, live theatres, performance venues and places of worship with fixed seating will increase from 75% to 100% provided attendees are wearing a mask
  • Restrictions on dancing will be removed except for venues that are subject to a COVID Management Plan (Nightclubs and venues with over 1,000 people) e.g. 3 per 4 sq metres will apply to dance floors

More information, including a new Public Activities Direction, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been two new cases of COVID-19 reported today. The cases are a man in his 40s and a child who have both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 644 confirmed cases in total
  • 625 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,512 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 17,751 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,337 tests yesterday
  • 1,154,157 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 225: Tuesday 23 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine program continues to roll out this week. Whilst many people are eager to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, South Australians are being asked to please be patient with the hard working clinic staff as vaccination appointments may be limited until more GPs come online and prepare their clinics.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  •  0 new cases today
  • 14 active COVID-19 cases
  • 642 confirmed cases in total
  • 624 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,419 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 16,239 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,447 tests yesterday
  • 1,150,820 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 22 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 224: Monday 22 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine program commenced today. Eligible groups in 1b includes all remaining health care workers, adults over 70, critical and high-risk workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 and people with a specified underlying medical condition.

The South Australian Phase 1b rollout plan outlines these groups and where they can access vaccination.

South Australians can check their eligibility and locate a vaccination provider by using the Commonwealth Government vaccine eligibility checker.

Phase 1a rollout continues concurrently with phase 1b, ensuring that the most at risk continue to be vaccinated.

For more information visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 response milestone

Today marks one year since the declaration of a Major Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic in South Australia.

Under the declaration, staff across SA Health and other Government agencies have worked tirelessly to provide support and advice which has been fundamental in keeping South Australians safe.

COVID-19 case update

There was one one new case of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The case was a child who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  •  0 new cases today
  • 14 active COVID-19 cases
  • 642 confirmed cases in total
  • 624 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 218 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 14,787 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 1,901 tests yesterday
  • 1,148,372 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 23 - COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program commenced yesterday. Eligible groups in 1b include all remaining health care workers, adults over 70, critical and high-risk workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55, and people with a specified underlying medical condition. The phase 1a rollout continues concurrently with phase 1b, ensuring that the most at risk continue to be vaccinated.

Ninety-four South Australian GPs, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and GP-led respiratory clinics have joined the vaccination rollout. This number will progressively increase in the coming weeks as more vaccine providers come on board. South Australians can check their eligibility and locate a vaccination provider by using the Commonwealth Government vaccine eligibility checker. Vaccination appointments may be limited until more GPs come online and prepare their clinics. 

Please refer to the attached information sheet for more information about the following topics:

  • Vaccine rollout
  • Second dose
  • Aged Care, older people and people with a disability
  • Vaccine safety
  • Efficacy
  • Roll up South Australia
  • Safety
  • Vaccination certificates
  • COVID-19 vaccination program and vaccine FAQs
  • Play your part in the fight against COVID-19 and roll up

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

File: COVID-19 Vaccine update from SA Health – 23 March 2021.pdf

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 15 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 219: Monday 15 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The first South Australians today received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now fully vaccinated. Both vaccines currently used in South Australia require two doses. To ensure the highest efficacy, both doses are required and must be completed with the same vaccine. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

Queensland Health and NSW Health have identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites.

The latest information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

Regional quarantine of seasonal workers

More than 1,000 seasonal workers will arriving in South Australia over the coming months with a specialty regional quarantine facility to be set up in the Riverland. 

The Department for Primary Industries and and Regions has worked closely with SA Health and SA Police to ensure the facility at Paringa meets strict safety standards. 

This will be a different process to the medi-hotel program and the workers will be over and above the repatriation of returning Australians. 

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases include a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s and a child, who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

Over the weekend, there were five cases of COVID-19 reported. The cases included a woman in her 20s, a man in his 30s and three children, who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 634 confirmed cases in total
  • 620 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 148 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 7,272 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 1,943 tests yesterday
  • 1,130,470 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 218: Friday 12 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun this week for staff and residents in residential aged care facilities operated by Local Health Networks.

The Commonwealth Government continues to vaccinate aged care staff and residents in Commonwealth Government operated residential aged care facilities in South Australia.

South Australians living with disability and their frontline carers in residential care facilities also began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week.

COVID-19 vaccine efficacy

In the below video, Professor Nicola Spurrier answers some of the top questions around the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

Wastewater results

The most recent testing results of wastewater received last night in the CBD have returned negative. SA Health will continue to take regular samples and monitor trends. The most likely explanation for higher results over the weekend is attributed to shedding of old cases and the high concentration of visitors in the CBD.

Find more information on the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDwastewater.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases are a man in his 50s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

The other case is a man in his 30s who also recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. Serology is underway to determine if this is an old infection. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 626 confirmed cases in total
  • 618 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 860 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 5,822 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,764 tests yesterday
  • 1,122,985 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 12 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 12 March 2021 - Dept. of Health

This edition includes information about the continuing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine including information about influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, an update to the vaccine consent forms, vaccine schedule for the aged care workforce, an update to the excess dose use policy and information about monitoring and reporting adverse events.

You will also see a reminder about the eligibility of Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout, an update on cold chain responsibilities and information about the vaccine rollout to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

There is a reminder to complete the online survey that has been announced to assist the national review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs being conducted by Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adj Professor Alan Lilly.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. You can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 11 - Important Information for RACF: Updated Emergency Management Directions RACF No.33 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

From 12:01 am Thursday 11 March 2021 The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 32) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 was revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 33) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

The sole change allows for a person to enter a RACF for the purpose of participating in a group activity led or supervised by an employee, contractor, student or volunteer of the facility. Other existing requirements in the RACF direction remain in place.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 11 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 217: Thursday 11 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

In the below video, Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, answers top questions around the COVID-19 vaccine for people breast feeding and planning pregnancy.

Positive wastewater results

Testing results last night showed a decrease in levels of COVID-19 within our wastewater, however, the results are still high.

SA Health are taking regular samples to monitor trends, with the two most likely explanations remaining shedding of old cases along with the concentration of visitors in the Adelaide CBD area, or, undetected cases within the community.

Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should seek testing as soon as possible. To find a testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

Find more information on the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDwastewater.

Residential aged care Direction update

Updates have been made to the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction. The Direction has been amended to allow a person to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility for the purpose of participating in a group activity led or supervised by an employee, contractor, student or volunteer of the facility. Group activities may include things such as arts classes, exercise or recreational activities such as bingo.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases are a woman in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

The other two cases are a man in his 20s and a woman in her 50s who also recently returned from overseas. Both are considered to be old infections but have been added to South Australia’s case numbers as they have not been diagnosed and reported overseas. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 624 confirmed cases in total
  • 617 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 575 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 4,871 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,822 tests yesterday
  • 1,119,221 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 10 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 216: Wednesday 10 March 2021

South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Guided by the Australian national rollout strategy, SA Health has released the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Further planning is underway to support the rollout of Phase 1b in late March, with further phases to follow shortly afterwards.

Clinics opened today at Oakden Ambulance Station, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Port Pirie Hospital, Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service and a second clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the South Australian roll out, is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au

Positive wastewater results

COVID-19 continues to be detected in wastewater from Adelaide CBD North (B11 wastewater catchment area). The catchment area does not include medi-hotels.

There is the possibility that the positive results could be due to people with historic cases shedding the virus, especially due to the large number of interstate travellers attending the Fringe and other festivals, who may be shedding the virus.

Anyone who has been in the Adelaide city area in the last week – whether for work, rest or play – should get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild.

To find a testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

Testing wastewater can help provide early warning of undetected active cases in the community. Find more information on the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDwastewater.

COVID-19 case update

There have been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 621 confirmed cases in total
  • 613 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 450 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 4,274 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,191 tests yesterday
  • 1,115,399 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 4 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 213: Thursday 4 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Regional vaccinations commence from tomorrow when Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital start vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers, followed by Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service next week. 

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be used to vaccinate South Australians within all phases of the COVID-19 vaccination program. They have both met the extremely high safety standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, undergoing the full approval requirements and have a good safety profile in clinical trials and in surveillance with widespread use in populations overseas.

To find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new case today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 618 confirmed cases in total
  • 610 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 356 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 2,682 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,791 tests yesterday
  • 1,101,682 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 3 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 212: Wednesday 3 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The first 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have arrived in South Australia today. Plans are underway to determine which groups of Phase 1a will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and the clinics that will administer it. 

As frontline staff working in medi-hotels and the airport, Alf and Leena were among the first in South Australia to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A week on, they shared their experiences in this video.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. The case is a man in his 60s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. Serology testing is underway to determine if the case is an old infection. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 618 confirmed cases in total
  • 610 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 406 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 2,326 total vaccinations to date
  • 3,291 tests yesterday
  • 1,098,890 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 2 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 211: Tuesday 2 March 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine update
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) opened today and is the third clinic to open its doors in South Australia. The WCH clinic will administer the COVID-19 vaccine to its frontline healthcare workers. The clinic will aim to administer around 200 vaccinations in its first week.

SA Health is expecting to receive 20,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine this week.

Find more information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 testing site update
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) COVID-19 testing clinic will be closing permanently at close of business today Tuesday 2 March. This will allow for the TQEH redevelopment works to safely commence in the area.

More information and alternative testing options is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

COVID-19 case update
There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. One case is a woman in her 60s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

The second case is a woman in her 60s who is considered to have an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as she had not been diagnosed and counted overseas.

Upon further investigation a previously reported case has confirmed their diagnosis was recorded overseas and has subsequently been removed from our case numbers.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 617 confirmed cases in total
  • 610 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 290 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 1,920 total vaccinations to date
  • 2,382 tests yesterday
  • 1,095,599 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 2 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 2 March 2021 - Dept. of Health

Guidance on COVID-19 vaccine consent

Residential aged care providers are responsible for obtaining and recording resident consent for the COVID-19 vaccine, which must be completed ahead of the vaccination day.

Consent is required for both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Consent for receiving both doses can be obtained at the same time, prior to the first dose.

The residential aged care provider must keep a record of the resident’s consent. This record will be used to confirm consent prior to both doses.

  • If you receive verbal consent, confirm that consent is being provided for two doses of the same vaccine. Record this through your usual practices.
  • If you use the Department of Health’s consent form, or an alternate form of written consent, ensure consent is understood as being provided for the two doses of the same vaccine.

Visit the Department of Health’s website for more information or to read the consent form in other languages.

COVID-19 vaccine scenario mapping and triage process

The COVID-19 rollout is one of the country’s most complex logistical operations. To help and support residential aged care facilities navigate and manage various scenarios, the following document is available online:

This document also includes information on the Department of Health’s excess dose policy for Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in residential aged care facilities.

Aged care staff eligibility for phase 1a

Residential aged care staff eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1a include all people working at a residential aged care facility who are responsible for resident care, support and services for residents, maintenance and administration. Clarification and guidance is available online:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 210: Monday 1 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

South Australia’s third COVID-19 vaccine freezer arrived at the Lyell McEwin Hospital today. This specialised Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer is designed to operate efficiently at -70 degrees Celsius and can store up to 280,000 vaccine doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

SA Health clinics have already provided almost 2,000 doses in the first week of the vaccine rollout to medi-hotel and airport staff, including frontline healthcare workers in testing clinics and Emergency Departments.

Find more information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update 

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man in his 60s and two men in their 30s who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Serology is underway to determine if these are old infections.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 6 active COVID-19 cases
  • 616 confirmed cases in total
  • 606 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 149 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 1,630 total vaccinations to date
  • 1,808 tests yesterday
  • 1,093,218 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 26 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 209: Friday 26 February 2021

Border restriction update

Border restrictions with Victoria have today been lifted and travel from Greater Melbourne is now permitted without the need for quarantine or testing.

In addition, people travelling to South Australia from New Zealand will be treated as overseas arrivals and will be required to complete 14 days quarantine.

More information, including the new Directions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Public Activities Direction update
Effective 26 February 2021, people are permitted to dance at licensed premises and nightclubs with the following restrictions:

  • 199 people or less at the premises – dancing is permitted, provided the 1 person per 2 square metre rule is applied.
  • Between 200 and 999 people at the premises – dancing is permitted  but there must be a single dedicated dance floor or area with no more than 50 people in that area at any one time. The 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies.
  • 1000 people or more – the premises must have an approved COVID Management Plan.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Supervised Quarantine update

The updated Supervised Quarantine Direction came into effect today. People who work at a medi-hotel site are unable to also be employed or undertake any work at a Residential Aged Care Facility, Correctional Service facility, Health Care facility or Aboriginal Community.

People who work at a medi-hotel site or designated Red Zone at the Adelaide Airport are required to:

  • submit to daily saliva testing except on the days when they undertake a nasal swab COVID-19 test.
  • to submit to a nasal swab COVID-19 test at least once every 8 days, ending 14 days after the person last worked at the site.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 testing site update

The Yamba and Bordertown COVID-19 Mobile Testing Clinics will be closing permanently at close of business Sunday 28 February. 

More information and alternative testing options is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 613 confirmed cases in total
  • 606 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 310 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 1,053 total vaccinations to date
  • 3,729 tests yesterday
  • 1,085,993 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 26 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 26 February 2021 - Dept. of Health

This edition includes further information about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine including information on triaging and directing enquiries and guidance around staff eligibility. There is also information about resources including guidance for monitoring for side effects of COVID-19 vaccine, a COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for frail older people published by the Department of Health and translated information for residents and workers. There is a link to the OPAN COVID-19 webinar replay.

This edition also includes the latest health directions for aged care providers in both New South Wales and Queensland, as well as a good practice guide designed by the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre to provide direction on creating and reviewing an Outbreak Management Plan (OMP).

A collection of easy read resources about the COVID-19 vaccine, published on the Department of Health’s website, are also available in this edition of the newsletter.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. You can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 207: Wednesday 24 February 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 12.01am Friday 26 February, border restrictions with Victoria will be lifted. People will be able to travel from Victoria into South Australia without testing or quarantine requirements.

More information, including the new Cross Border Travel Direction, will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au shortly.

COVID-19 vaccine update

So far in South Australia, a total of 405 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered by SA Health. This figure does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in aged care and disability facilities. Moving forward, these statistics will continue to be provided in this update.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case reported today. The case is a man in his 40s who has returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. The case is considered an old infection, but has been added to SA’s numbers as it has not been previously counted overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 613 confirmed cases in total
  • 605 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 235 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 405 total vaccinations to date
  • 4,842 tests yesterday
  • 1,078,780 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 25 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 208: Thursday 25 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Australian Government will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone living in Australia, including refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders, and those on bridging visas. People currently residing in detention facilities will also be eligible, including those whose visas have been cancelled.

Vaccines, like any other medication or natural therapy, can have side effects. As part of regulatory assessment of all vaccines, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) considers information about possible side effects. For a vaccine to be registered for use in Australia, the benefits must outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects are minor and may include pain and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle and joint pain, chills and fever. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and do not require special treatment. Serious reactions like allergic reactions are extremely rare.

Even after a vaccine is given, it is still monitored for safety. Healthcare professionals contribute to ongoing monitoring by informing the TGA of any side effects, even if they are very minor.

As part of vaccine safety surveillance, vaccine recipients may receive a text message from the AusVaxSafety program three days and eight days after the vaccine asking if they have had any side effects.

Find more information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 613 confirmed cases in total
  • 606 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 340 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 745 total vaccinations to date
  • 3,103 tests yesterday
  • 1,081,883 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 206: Tuesday 23 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program started yesterday.
Thank you to all the frontline workers who are rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated.

The first 4,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have already arrived. Each week SA Health will continue to receive more stock from the Commonwealth Government to enable the vaccination of priority groups.

In the coming months, South Australia will progress through a carefully planned phased roll-out to offer a vaccine to all those who want to be vaccinated.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccination program is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a woman in her 60s and a man in his 50, who have both returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,993 tests yesterday
  • 1,073,938 tests in total
  • 612 confirmed cases in total
  • 604 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 23 - National review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs - revised dates - online workshop registrations now open - Dept. of Health

National review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs – revised dates – online workshop registrations now open

Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly have been commissioned by the Department of Health to undertake a national review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities.

The review will examine lessons learnt from the management of COVID-19 outbreaks and identify critical factors which could reduce the risk of future outbreaks of COVID-19 and increase the likelihood of rapid detection and timely response to COVID-19 or any other infectious disease outbreaks.

The review is not service specific, instead drawing general conclusions from providers’ experiences, including those who managed to contain the spread within services. The review will provide recommendations to Government on how preparedness and responsiveness to potential future outbreaks may be supported, monitored and evaluated.

The team is seeking a cross section of representatives from Residential Aged Care Approved Providers to contribute to this work, through participation in a series of online workshops.

The workshops will be undertaken in the second and third weeks of March and will provide an opportunity to inform the review and its recommendations. Each workshop has fifty places and is scheduled for 2.5 hours during the revised dates below:

  • Wed 10 March: 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Mon 15 March: 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Tue 16 March: 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Tue 16 March: 2:30pm to 5:00pm

** Please note workshop timeframes have been revised to provide more notice to Approved Providers at this very busy time. **

In order to access a range of views and perspectives, each Approved Provider should only nominate one (preferably an executive member) person to attend, who can represent the views of the Approved Provider.

Eligible representatives of Approved Providers of Australian RACFs can register via Eventbrite.

The workshops will complement online surveys (coming soon) which will be directed to the RACF-level and a series of interviews with providers which are already underway.

Should you have any queries with regard to the workshops, please email the reviewers at: agedcarecovid19review@gmail.com and they will respond to you directly.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 24 - COVID-19 vaccine update - Dept. of Health

Residential aged care facilities can choose to engage with local media on the vaccine rollout

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout to aged care facilities is attracting significant media attention.

Residential aged care facilities can engage directly with media and participate in coverage if they choose. You do not need to direct all media enquiries to the Department of Health.

Choosing to interact with the media is at the discretion of each residential aged care facility.

Each residential aged care facility can choose to publish their location and timing of scheduled vaccination at their own discretion, taking into consideration the privacy and safety of its residents and workers.

The Department of Health’s Media Team has proactively sourced residential aged care facility vaccination file footage that may alleviate sector concerns and satisfy media requirements.

If a residential aged care facility has any concerns about engaging with the media or require access to file footage, they may contact the Department of Health’s Media Team via news@health.gov.au or phone (02) 6289 7400 / 0466 533 960.

Guidance information is available for facilities who would like to engage with media. You can request a copy by emailing communication.agedcare@health.gov.au

Phase 1b rollout information for CHSP and HCP providers

As part of the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy, workers in community and in-home aged care will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1b along with other health care workers.

Phase 1b of the rollout includes staff who deliver services through Home Care Packages (HCP) and/or the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

How will those people in phase 1b receive the vaccine?

People receiving Commonwealth-funded home and community aged care will be able to access vaccination through vaccination clinics or GP practices as soon as they become eligible for the vaccine.

To determine your eligibility to access the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use our new vaccine eligibility checker.

Information about the phased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program is also available on the Department of Health website.

Guide to help frail older people make a decision about COVID-19 vaccination

The Department of Health has published a decision guide to help people who are frail or very old, including those living in residential aged care facilities and their representatives, make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The guide includes information about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, risks for older people, and current known side effects.

Please share this information with your residents and their families, carers and substitute decision-makers.

Any person considering getting a vaccine can also choose to talk to their GP or other health professional to help make an informed decision.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to aged care, visit the Department of Health website or subscribe to our COVID-19 vaccines update.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 205: Monday 22 February 2021

SA COVID-19 vaccine update

In a historic day, South Australian frontline workers have rolled up their sleeves to be among the first people in the country to vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medi-hotel staff, Adelaide Airport staff, medi-hotel transfer staff and SA Police red zone staff will be the first to get vaccinated this week, followed by staff from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital emergency departments, respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and COVID-19 testing clinics.

SA Health received 4000 doses of the vaccine yesterday, delivered to hubs at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, with another 8000 expected over the next three weeks to vaccinate 12000 South Australians.

More hubs and clinics will come online across the state in the coming weeks to prioritise vaccinating those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

A Commonwealth Government led in-reach vaccination workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines over the coming weeks.

For more information on the vaccine and the vaccine roll out, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,436 tests yesterday
  • 1,069,938 tests in total
  • 610 confirmed cases in total
  • 603 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 22 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

COVID-19 VACCINATION STARTS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

In a historic day, South Australian frontline workers are some of the first people in the Australia to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medi-hotel staff, Adelaide Airport staff, medi-hotel transfer staff and SA Police red zone staff will be the first to get vaccinated this week.

Following this, staff from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital emergency departments, respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and COVID-19 testing clinics will be next.

Yesterday 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to the vaccine hubs at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, with another 8,000 expected over the next three weeks.

A Commonwealth Government Department of Health led vaccination workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines over the coming weeks.

A small number of sites across Australia have been identified by the Commonwealth’s Department of Health as the first locations to receive Phase 1a vaccinations. The Department of Health will contact these initial sites and work closely with the providers.

More hubs and clinics will open across South Australia in the coming weeks to vaccinate those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

The arrival of the vaccine is a game changer in our fight against COVID-19 and we are committed to ensuring that every eligible South Australian has access to the vaccine by the end of 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout across South Australia will be undertaken in line with the Commonwealth Government’s Vaccine Roadmap.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au, including frequently asked questions.

Please help us by sharing this information with your community.

For up to date information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: Multicultural Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 19 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 204: Friday 19 February 2021

SA COVID-19 vaccine update

The South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program will begin next Monday 22 February 2021. Priority groups in Phase 1a, including medi-hotel workers, people working in the processing of international arrivals and health care workers from areas most of risk of being exposed to COVID-19, will be the first to receive the vaccine.

Plans are also underway with the Commonwealth Government to vaccinate aged care and disability residents and workers, due to commence in the next week.

Both the Pfizer vaccine and the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which was approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday, have proven to be safe and effective.

More information about the vaccine, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID SAfe Check-In update

Following the updated Public Activities Direction, any business/place/activity collecting manual records of entry must ensure that the records are kept in a manner which reduces the risk of them being copied, photographed or used by another person (other than an authorised officer).

A range of resources for businesses and consumers, including a new manual contact tracing record template and a ‘Tips for Businesses’ poster, is available at www.sa.gov.au/checkin.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,980 tests yesterday
  • 1,059,106 tests in total
  • 608 confirmed cases in total
  • 601 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 18 - SA COVID-19 vaccine FAQs from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
As you are aware, the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program is expected to begin on Monday 22 February, with residential aged care residents and workers to be among the first people offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

The implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program across residential aged care facilities in South Australia is being managed by the Commonwealth Government (except for SA Government operated RACF), and a COVID-19 Vaccine aged care readiness toolkit has now been posted on the Australian Department of Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-aged-care-readiness-toolkit

To support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program in South Australia, SA Health has published a series of frequently asked questions, including information on safety and testing. Please distribute this information amongst your residents and staff to assist them in making informed decisions about being vaccinated.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 18 - New information on obtaining and recording consent and preparing sites ahead of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out - Dept. of Health
The Department of Health has published new information—a readiness toolkit—to our website for residential aged care facilities about preparing for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and obtaining and recording consent for residents.

Residential aged care facilities should familiarise yourselves with this information and start planning. You can also share the relevant information below with residents and their families, carers and loved ones.

The COVID-19 vaccination program commences in aged care facilities from late February. It will take a number of months to roll-out the full vaccination program.

The following resources are now available for residential aged care facilities:

  • Planning checklist for vaccination day
  • Consent process flow-chart
  • Site readiness checklist
  • Clinical governance requirements
  • Consent in the residential aged care context

The following information is also available for facilities, workers, residents and their families, carers and loved ones:

  • Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine
  • Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination
  • What to expect before, and on, the day of vaccination
  • After your COVID-19 vaccination
  • Consent form

Information about reporting adverse events will be available soon along with more resources for providers, workers and residents.

More information and support

We encourage you to visit the Department of Health’s information for aged care providers and workers page on our COVID-19 vaccines website for up to date information. You can also subscribe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine updates.

For advice on how to best support residents living with dementia or cognitive impairment, you can contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 (Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm).

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 17 - Important Information - COVID-19 vaccine update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
The first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine has arrived in Australia. SA Health is preparing to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine and is planning to start vaccinating those priority groups in Phase 1a from the week beginning 22 February 2021. It is expected that doses of the vaccine will be limited in the first few weeks, so work is underway to prioritise the groups in Phase 1a and determine the order of vaccination within these groups.

In addition, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to AstraZeneca Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia.

Please refer to the attached information sheet for more information about the following topics:

  • Pfizer vaccine rollout
  • Vaccination hubs and clinics
  • GP and Pharmacy Expression of Interest
  • Training and workforce
  • Protection against new strains
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine in South Australia?
  • Play your part in the fight against COVID-19

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

Download the COVID-19 vaccine information sheet – 16 February 2021

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 16 - Media Release: TGA approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine - Prime Minister of Australia
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia following a full and thorough assessment process.

The vaccine has met the required standards for safety, quality and efficacy and will be provided free to Australians.

This means Australia now has two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available.

Initial supply into Australia will be imported from overseas. In the coming months, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be manufactured in Australia. Australia is one of a small number of countries in the world that can manufacture its own COVID-19 vaccine.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is provisionally approved in Australia for active immunisation to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, in individuals 18 years of age and older.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the announcement.

“The TGA has found the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective and I welcome their thorough assessment process,” the Prime Minister said.

“Safety is our number one priority and our own medical experts have carefully made their assessments before giving approval of the vaccine.”

The TGA has reviewed all of the available evidence and determined that two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be safely administered to an individual 4-12 weeks apart.

Drawing from the advice of the TGA and also from the implementation of the program internationally, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has determined that to create the very best immune response, ensure the most effective clinical protection and maximise broader community coverage, the two doses of the vaccine should be administered 12 weeks apart.

However, if this preferred interval is not possible, for example because of imminent travel, cancer chemotherapy, or major elective surgery, a minimum interval of 4 weeks between doses can be used.

The AstraZeneca vaccine can be handled and stored like most other vaccines. For a large country like Australia, this provides some distinct benefits in relation to distribution and storage, particularly in rural and remote areas, including Indigenous communities.

Today’s announcement follows a rigorous and independent assessment of the vaccine’s safety, quality and efficacy by the TGA. The approval is subject to certain strict conditions, such as the requirement for AstraZeneca to continue providing information to the TGA on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said the AstraZeneca vaccine will help save lives and protect lives.

“Data from clinical trials tells us that the AstraZeneca vaccine will stop people becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. This is – and must – be our first priority. It would be irresponsible of us to put anything ahead of this,” Minister Hunt said.

“The global evidence is of overwhelming protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and loss of life.”

Overnight the World Health Organization said, “This regimen was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the second dose.”

On the 3 February 2021 the Lancet Journal said, “COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca confirms 100% protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death in the primary analysis of Phase III trials.”

Minister Hunt said, “Importantly the TGA has conducted a full and thorough, and world class assessment process.”

“As the rollout begins, the people in priority groups who need the most protection will receive a vaccine first. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers.”

The Australian Government has secured 53.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 50 million doses being manufactured here in Australia.

Every safety and regulatory box has been ticked for provisional approval – and further ones will now be ticked in the lead up to March.

The Pfizer vaccine remains on track to be rolled out from 22 February 2021.

Further details are available at aus.gov.au

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 15 - Media Release: First Pfizer Vaccine Doses Arrive in Australia - Prime Minister of Australia
More than 142,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have arrived at Sydney airport in a major milestone in Australia’s response to the pandemic.

This is the first shipment of 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine the Government has secured as part of Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy.

The doses have been securely transported from the airport. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will batch test the vaccines to ensure they meet Australia’s strict quality standards.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country was on track for the first and most vulnerable Australians to start receiving the vaccine from 22 February.

“The vaccine has landed and we’re stepping up our fight against the pandemic,” the Prime Minister said.

“Once the final safety checks are completed we can start rolling out the vaccine to our most vulnerable Australians and to our frontline border and health workers.

“The hard work of Australians has meant we’re in an enviable position in our fight against the pandemic so we’ve been able to take the time to properly assess our vaccine decisions and give our world-class regulator the time they need to review the safety of the jabs.

“While we’re taking the time to get the rollout right, I am confident all Australians who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive a vaccine this year.”

Approximately 80,000 doses will be released of the Pfizer vaccine in the first week. Approximately 50,000 vaccines will be made available for the states and territories for hotel quarantine and border workers and frontline healthcare workers. Approximately 30,000 vaccines will be made available for the Commonwealth vaccine in-reach workforce to aged care and disability care residents.

It is expected that of these, at least 60,000 will be administered by the end of February with others to be continually administered thereafter.

Subject to TGA approval and shipping confirmation of the international AstraZeneca vaccine, it is expected these numbers will double from early March. Phase 1a remains on track for first round doses to be delivered within a six week period.

In lessons learnt in rollouts around the world and on the advice of experts, approximately 60,000 vaccines will be provisioned to ensure consistent supply and sufficient stock for second doses. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered at 21 days after the first dose.

The Phase 1a priority groups will ensure our quarantine and border workers, frontline healthcare workers and aged care and disability care residents and staff that the most vulnerable will receive priority access to the vaccine.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said, “The Pfizer vaccine will save lives and protect lives.”

“Australians can be reassured this vaccine has gone through rigorous, independent testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to ensure it is safe, effective, and manufactured to a high standard,” Minister Hunt said.

“These vaccines will now go through further batch testing to further check for quality and efficacy, ensuring all Australians have confidence in the vaccines they receive.”

The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered through hospital ‘hubs’ across Australia, and in residential aged care and disability care facilities.

Logistics company DHL has been engaged to support the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine across Australia.

The company, along with a network of 200 ultra-low temperature portable freezers, will ensure Australians across the country, including in rural and remote areas, are able to access the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees.

By following the medical advice, Australia has maintained a diverse portfolio of vaccines, and are constantly engaging with international counterparts and vaccine sponsors to access the best available information on vaccine developments worldwide.

Pending TGA approval, the Government has also secured 53.8 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses and 51 million doses of the Novavax vaccine. Each is sufficient to vaccinate every Australian who chooses to be vaccinated in 2021.

The Australian Government has also signed up to the international COVAX facility, which provides access to a range of vaccines to immunise up to 50 per cent of the Australian population.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first vaccine to receive provisional approval for use in Australia by the TGA. The TGA bases such decisions on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine candidates.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

 

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 5 - Important Information - COVID-19 vaccine from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
Last week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced provisional approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Australia is one of the first countries to be able to undergo a complete assessment and approval process. During the TGA’s rigorous and independent assessment of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness, all steps have been taken and data analysed.

The Australian Government’s latest advice remains that the first doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive and be rolled out in late February.  Final dates will be confirmed by Pfizer shortly and are subject to shipping and distribution. The priority is to protect our most vulnerable Australians first, and the frontline workers who are protecting all of us. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers. Our first priority groups are expected to receive their first doses of the vaccine as soon as it can be received from Pfizer and the necessary assessment is undertaken by the TGA, prior to its distribution. Significant planning is well underway for the roll out of the vaccine to the priority groups and the wider community, and SA Health is continuing to work with the Commonwealth to finalise those details.

A safe and effective vaccine will be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19 and all South Australians over 16 years of age will have access to a vaccine in the coming months. The vaccine is safe, effective and will be provided for free. The vaccine will be one of the most important tools to protect our community, however all need to continue to be COVID Safe:

    • Practise good hygiene
    • Practise physical distancing
    • Stay home and get tested when sick
    • Check in to venues and events using the COVID SAfe Check-In.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 1 - Older Persons Advocacy Network—COVID-19 vaccine webinar and Q&A
In February the Australian Government will begin a phased roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia.

Residential aged care facility (RACF) workers and residents, GPs, other health professionals and people who regularly provide care and support visits or volunteer within RACFs will be among the first people who can choose to receive the vaccine.

Free online webinar

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will host a panel of medical professionals in a free webinar to discuss COVID-19 vaccination and provide information to help older Australians make an informed decision about being vaccinated.

The webinar will be held online this Thursday 4 February 2021 from 3–4pm AEDT.

Providers are encouraged to let aged care residents and consumers know about the online webinar and are welcome to view the webinar themselves.

Why the webinar is important

Having the COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary, but strongly encouraged.

As with all aspects of care, older Australians have the right to make their own choices about the medications they take and to be fully informed about their medicines and vaccinations.

It is important that all available facts are provided to people so that they can make an informed decision for themselves or for someone they love or support.

The online webinar will help you learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, the ability of vaccination to protect older people from COVID-19, and how to support older people to decide if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for them.

Topics and speakers

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • What we know so far about the COVID-19 vaccines
  • The Australian Government’s National Rollout Strategy for aged care facilities and the broader community
  • Information needed for someone to make an informed choice and consent to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
  • How to determine if the COVID-19 vaccination is the right choice for you or your loved one
  • Individual rights in aged care, including about medicines and vaccines
  • How to support an older person receiving aged care to exercise their rights.

The following people will be on the panel:

  • Dr Melanie Wroth, Chief Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
  • Dr Edward Strivens, Clinical Director, Older Persons, Subacute and Rehab (OPSAR), Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
  • Dr Daman Langguth, Clinical Immunologist and Immunopathologist, The Wesley Hospital (Brisbane)
  • Mr Craig Gear, OAM, CEO Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN).

A live question and answer session will follow the discussion.

How to register for the webinar

Register to attend the COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Need to Know webinar online.

The webinar will be held this Thursday 4 February 2021 from 3 – 4pm AEDT.

More information

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is outlined in the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and the COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy.

More information about OPAN is available at opan.com.au.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 25 - TGA provisionally approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia - Dept. of Health
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

The first priority groups in Australia will start receiving a vaccine in February.

This registration means Pfizer’s vaccine has met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy, and will be provided for free to all Australian residents.

It has been provisionally approved in Australia for people 16 years of age and over.

Two doses will be required, administered at least 21 days apart.

The approval is subject to strict conditions, and Pfizer will be required to continue providing information to the TGA on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.

Priority groups such as aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered at up to 50 hospital sites across Australia, and in residential aged care and disability care facilities.

The National Rollout Strategy details how the vaccine will be distributed more widely over coming months through over 1,000 distribution sites.

The next steps in the process will include batch testing these newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, and finalising distribution sites.

This Australian Government has several agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in place, including those produced by AstraZeneca and Novavax.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 25 - Pfizer vaccine approved - Media release: Prime Minister of Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

The Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy.

The TGA provisional approval is for individuals 16 years of age and older. Two doses will be required – at least 21 days apart.

A priority group of Australians are expected to now receive their first dose of the vaccine as soon as it can be received from Pfizer and the necessary checks are undertaken by the TGA, prior to its distribution.

The latest advice given to the Government from Pfizer is that shipping and the first vaccinations are expected to be in late February.

If there are delays in shipping or production, the possibility remains that commencement could be in early March, however guidance remains for late February.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the TGA approval was an important step in the fight against COVID-19.

“I welcome the TGA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine, with our own Australian experts finding it is safe, effective and of a high standard,” the Prime Minister said.

“Australians should take confidence in the thorough and careful approach taken by our world-class safety regulator.

“Our priority has always been to keep Australians safe and protect lives and livelihoods.  Today’s approval is another big step forward for our community, particularly in the protection of our most vulnerable people.”

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the-world class regulators at the TGA have been working tirelessly to introduce a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

“The TGA’s processes are I believe the best in the world and we have ensured that they are thorough.” Minister Hunt said.

“The TGA has placed safety above all else.”

“Australia’s high bar has been met; the vaccine has been approved as effective in stopping severe disease. I thank all those involved in the development and assessment of this COVID-19 vaccine, including the researchers, Pfizer, BioNTech and the medical experts at the TGA who have worked around the clock and over Christmas.”

“This approval and the upcoming roll out of the vaccine will play an important part in our ability to manage the pandemic in 2021.”

“Australia’s vaccination program has been based on the medical advice from the medical expert panel led by Professor Brendan Murphy.  As a result we are in the fortunate position of having secured 140 million doses of vaccine, one of the highest per capita rates in the world. We will continue to review the medical advice and monitor and adapt to developments around the world,” Minister Hunt said.

The Government continues to work with Pfizer on the final date of delivery of vaccines, noting that Pfizer has experienced some temporary production delays from its European manufacturing plant as it ramps up production to meet extraordinary global demand.
The Government’s latest advice remains that the first doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive and be rolled out in late February.  Final dates will be confirmed by Pfizer shortly and are subject to shipping and distribution.

In Australia the vaccine will be rolled out in five phases over the coming months and, over time, will involve more than 1,000 vaccination administration sites.

Head of the TGA, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt said the TGA has been working non-stop to get the Pfizer vaccine assessed, while maintaining the most rigorous standards of safety, quality and efficacy.

“I would like to thank our clinical and medical officers, scientists, pharmacists and experts in statistics, laboratory analysis and manufacturing assessment who have worked tirelessly on assessing this vaccine,” Adjunct Professor Skerritt said.

“We’re thrilled to have this product pass the rigorous regulatory process and receive provisional approval.”

“Our job is by no means done. In fact the monitoring of vaccine safety post-approval is an important part of the regulatory review of vaccines.

“We now check the individual batches of vaccines that are destined for Australians while closely monitoring the safety and efficacy of the vaccine as it is rolled out.

“We will also continue our work on the regulatory review for potential approval of other vaccines, notably the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines, as well as vaccines delivered through the COVAX facility.”

As the rollout begins across 30 – 50 hospital sites, people who need protection the most will get the vaccine first. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers.

The priority groups have been determined based on the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) which oversees Australia’s highly successful immunisation program.

“There is intense ongoing work which will continue over the coming month, including batch testing of newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, finalising distribution sites with states and territories, checking sites and protective equipment for safety, and scaling up systems for ongoing safety monitoring,” Minister Hunt said.

The Australia Government, states and territories, regulators and the health and medical sectors are working together to finalise arrangements under the Australian Vaccination Strategy and detailed roll out plans. Further information about the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine National Roll-out Strategy can be found on the Department of Health website.

Phase 1a
Quarantine and border workers
Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation
Aged care and disability care staff
Aged care and disability care residents
Number of doses up to 1.4m
Phase 1b
Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
Other health care workers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
Number of doses up to 14.8m
Phase 2a
Adults aged 60-69 years
Adults aged 50-59 years
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
Other critical and high risk workers
Number of doses up to 15.8m
Phase 2b
Balance of adult population
Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
Number of doses up to 16m
Phase 3
< 16 if recommended
Number of doses up to 13.6m

About the TGA Provisional Approval Pathway

The provisional approval pathway allows sponsors to apply for time-limited provisional registration on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Approval through the provisional pathway is on the basis of preliminary clinical data where there is the potential for a substantial benefit to Australian patients. For more information visit the TGA website.

 

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 16 - Updated Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Effective 0001 hours on Sunday 17 January 2021, the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 28) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Key changes:

QLD border restrictions

  • From 0001 on 21 January 2020, Greater Brisbane will join the rest of QLD as a low community transmission zone.

Under the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction 2021, ‘low community transmission zone’ has the same meaning as in the Cross Border Travel Direction. As such, from 21 January 2020, visitors Greater Brisbane will be permitted to enter a RACF in South Australia within 14 days of arrival.

Please note that restrictions on visitors from prohibited locations in NSW remain in effect at this time.

Visit the Cross-border travel page for more information.

Updated advice in relation to aged care visitation will be included on the SA Health website shortly: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 14 - COVID-19 Mental Health Translated Resources Available Now - Department of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and the related social and economic impacts of physical distancing and isolation measures have had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, with particular challenges faced by multicultural communities.

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 Mental Health Campaign (the Campaign) has launched to encourage people to prioritise their mental health, learn how to know the signs of someone not coping, and provide information on the support services available.

Cultural Perspectives is contacting you on behalf of the Department of Health to seek your support to raise awareness of this campaign and the key messages around mental health in multicultural communities. We have developed the following resources in multiple languages that can help you talk to your community, including:

  • A stakeholder toolkit with campaign information, social media images and copy, newsletter and web text
  • Multilingual factsheets:

           Signs and symptoms
           Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
           Where to go for help and support

To help multicultural communities whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking you to please support the campaign by downloading the resources and sharing them through your communications channels (website, newsletters, social media) into your communities and networks.

Together we’re hoping to:

  • Destigmatise that anyone’s mental health and wellbeing can be affected by the pandemic (and other challenges experienced this year like floods and bushfires);
  • Build literacy around knowledge and identifying signs when something is wrong;
  • Support communities to make mental health and wellbeing a priority, seek help if needed; and
  • Encourage help seeking behaviours.

Download the Toolkit

Coronavirus has affected many people around the world. Look out for your community members and help them understand the importance of looking after their mental health with these multilingual factsheets. They are available in 16 languages, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek, Spanish, Sinhalese, Tamil, Korean, Macedonian, Indonesian, Nepali, Urdu, Croatian and Persian.

Download the factsheets:

About headtohealth.gov.au
Head to Health can help you find online mental health services from trusted Australian mental health service providers and organisations.
Head to Health brings together free and low-cost apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.

Visit the Website

Source: Cultural Perspectives on behalf of the Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 13 - Refresher module - mandatory training requirements for aged care workers from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Under clause 6(1)(b) of the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction 2020, all employees or contractors who provide personal care or nursing care to residents at a RACF must complete COVID-19 Infection Control Training of a kind, frequency and by a date determined by the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

To comply with the Direction, all relevant workers were required to complete the Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers online training module, available at https://launch.sahealth.sa.gov.au/ by 1 October 2020. (New staff and staff returning from leave are required to complete the training prior to entering the premises of a RACF). RACF must keep records of completion of the mandatory COVID-19 infection training, which must be provided to an authorised officer on request.

COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training

All employees or contractors who provide personal care of nursing care to residents at a RACF must complete the COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training online module every two (2) months. RACF must keep records of completion of the mandatory COVID-19 infection training, which must be provided to an authorised officer on request.

The COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training online module consists of four scenarios. After reading each of the scenarios, staff will be asked a question about what could have been done differently in the scenario. The module takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Important: Every 2 months, staff need to re-complete the same refresher training module. The module needs to be reset before commencing – staff will need to log in and then click ‘Reset course and start again’. Then click ‘Start course’.

 Access the refresher training module here: https://launch.sahealth.sa.gov.au/

For further information about COVID-19 and aged care in South Australia, please visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 7 - Australia's COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy announced - Department of Health
The Australian Government has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.

The Prime Minister has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy, which details sites and priority populations for initial vaccinations, and the phases in which vaccine doses will be made available in Australia.

View the Prime Minister’s announcement.

View the strategy.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

Where to Find More Information

Coronavirus Health Information

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support for Older Australians, their relatives, carers, friends or supporters on 1800 171 866.

 

Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 020 080

 

SA COVID-19 Information Line

1800 253 787

 

“Coronavirus Australia” government app & WhatsApp channel

Download the “Coronavirus Australia” government app in the Apple App Store or Google Play
Join Department of Health WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

 

Healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online Symptom Checker

Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time. Online Symptom Checker

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
COVID-19 vaccine aged care stakeholder kit – This stakeholder kit contains information about the COVID-19 vaccine national roll out program for aged care residents, workers and their families.

COVID-19 vaccine information in your language – Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

Department of Health Information and Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources – includes video, print, and radio resources

Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector – Your starting point for up-to-date and authoritative information and advice on COVID-19 for the health and aged care sector.

CDNA guidance for symptom monitoring in health and aged care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak – This document from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) is for health and residential aged care settings considering monitoring workers for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Providing aged care services during COVID-19 – Resources and advice for aged care providers and workers who deliver services in residential aged care and in-home care settings. Find out when you must not go to work, getting coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, identifying symptoms in older people, and protecting yourself and the people you care for.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on the use of surgical masks – An information sheet that answers questions about the use of surgical masks and coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – When to use personal protective equipment in aged care – This flowchart outlines when and how aged care workers should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and others against coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) wearing personal protective equipment in aged care video – Alison McMillan, Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, demonstrates how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for aged care workers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for workers in residential aged care facilities – An information sheet for residential aged care workers about how to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for in-home care workers – An information sheet for in-home care workers about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers – An information sheet for health care and residential care workers about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Personal monitoring technology for senior Australians – Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service providers can use unspent 2019–20 funding to buy up to $1000 worth of personal monitoring technology for vulnerable clients during COVID-19. Older Australians receiving Home Care Packages can also use their packages to access monitoring services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for older people

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance infographic – Updated daily

South Australian Information and Updates
SA Health Coronavirus disease COVID-19 page

SA Health – Aged Care Restrictions

SA Health Latest Updates – The latest official COVID-19 news and updates from SA Health

SA Round Up Reports – The round up report is a daily breakdown of the Information and guidelines related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are frequently changing as the situation evolves.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) South Australian dashboard and daily update – Snapshot of the South Australian situation, and clear information regarding current restrictions.

Emergency Declaration and Directions – Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Open Your World, the new statewide wellbeing strategy, platform and campaign.

Translated Resources

SA  Health – 6  Simple Steps – 26 languages

SA Health – Ramadan During COVID-19 – 8 Languages

SA Health – COVID-19 symptoms – Get tested poster – 16 languages

SA Health – Multicultural and translated resources – COVID-19

Department of Health – COVID-19 vaccines multicultural audiences stakeholder pack

Department of Health – A list of resources about COVID-19 in other languages. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.

It’s ok to have home care Factsheet – This language set contains translations of information sheets for older people who may have an aged care worker visiting them at home. – Department of Health

Information about COVID-19 and the COVIDSafe app is available in 63 languages on the Department of Home Affairs website.  The COVIDSafe app privacy policy is also available in 63 languages.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – When to use personal protective equipment in aged care (other languages) – Department of Health – This language set contains translations of the personal protective equipment (PPE) in aged care flowchart. This flowchart outlines when and how aged care workers should wear PPE to protect themselves and others against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 – The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ (Code) is now available in 20 different languages on the COTA Australia website

Department of Home Affairs – 63 different languages, including the following resources

    • Stay COVID Free Do The 3
    • Testing for COVID-19
    • What you need to know about Coronavirus
    • Help for finances and mental health
    • Protecting you from Coronavirus
    • Easing of Restrictions
    • Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia
    • COVIDSafe app – New tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19
    • It’s OK to have home care

SBS Portal – 63 languages – videos are also available on YouTube

Ethnolink – Collated selection of translated resources from various official sources, ordered by language.

Department of Health and Human Services – Government of Victoria

Mental health support

Head to Health

During times like these it is important to continue to connect with people (online, by phone) and support each other’s mental health and wellbeing. The Australian Government website Head to Health has plenty of information to support you and your communities through this time:

https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support

Beyond Blue

This is a difficult and unsettling time, and if you need mental health support you can call the Beyond Blue Support Service. The free and confidential service is available every day to all Australians online from 3pm to midnight AEST or 24 hours a day by phone on 1300 22 4636.

The Beyond Blue Online Forums have a dedicated ‘Coping with the Coronavirus outbreak’ section for anyone seeking a safe and anonymous place to discuss their mental health and wellbeing. For practical information and tips, please visit Beyond Blue – looking after you mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

MindSpot Wellbeing Plus Course

MindSpot also offers a ‘Wellbeing Plus’ online course for people 60+ years. It aims to help older adults learn to manage stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The course was funded by a grant from beyondblue. COVID-19 resources are also available on the MindSpot website.

Online Training and Webinars

COVID-19 Infection Control Training – Department of Health

The Department of Health has released a suite of eLearning modules, developed specifically for aged care workers.

The modules include:

  • Infection Control Training Module
  • Module 1: Personal Safety Training
  • Module 2: Families and Visitors
    • Part A: Residential Care Facilities
    • Part B: In Home Care
  • Module 3: COVID-19 and Aged Care
  • Module 4: Outbreak Management Procedures
  • Module 5: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Module 6: Laundry
  • Module 7: Catering
  • Module 8: If you suspect a case of COVID-19
  • Module 9: Work in a home care setting

 

Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers – SA Health

This course is for all employees or contractors who provide personal or nursing care to South Australian aged care homes.

This course meets the infection control training requirements identified by SA Health.

This course may also be relevant to carers working within the disability sector.

 

COVID-19 Free Online Course by Altura Learning

Altura Learning has produced a training video which explains the virus and symptoms of the disease. This course also provides practical demonstrations of hand hygiene, application and removal of PPE and practical strategies to help prepare and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

 

Webinar on COVID-19 aged care preparation for home environments

Aged care, health and infectious disease experts discuss the role and capacity of home care providers, Community Home Support Programme providers and the assessment workforce as part of the national response to COVID-19.

 

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing questions around advance care planning delivery at this time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) and the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) program will host a series of webinars this month for various health sector audiences, including aged care, GPs and healthcare/hospitals.

The ELDAC webinar series will provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

The ACPA webinars feature panellists including ACPA representatives and various sector experts and will cover:

  • advance care planning priorities and actions required in the context of COVID-19
  • roles and responsibilities of the workforce and service providers in advance care planning during COVID-19
  • ACPA resources available for consumers, staff and service providers.

Advanced Care Planning Australia webinars (COVID-19 specific)
Advanced Care Planning Australia webinar library

 

End of Life Directions for Aged Care – ELDAC COVID-19 Webinar Series

What Age Care Providers Need to Know About Older Australians and End of Life Care

The aged care sector is facing an unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. Older Australians have an increased mortality rate if they contract COVID-19 and depending on their pre-morbid condition careful consideration is required to ensure the best care is provided within the right setting. Conversations around treatment decisions and quality of life are critical to ensure an individual’s wishes are known. This webinar series provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

Home Care Providers Webinar – The aim of this webinar is to identify the palliative care issues facing home care providers in the context of COVID-19.

 

OPAN COVID-19 Special Edition Webinars

 

Centre for Dementia Learning

Centre for Dementia Learning is offering, for a short time, two modules of online training for free. The cut off date is 30 June 2020. The modules are:

What is dementia?
A problem-solving approach to behaviours.

Each module can be completed in just one hour. They include short videos and easy-to-read information. As you work through the modules, practical questions will help you apply new ideas to your workplace.

As you complete each module, you can print your own practice improvement plan shaped by your responses.

Free legal help for community groups and social enterprises
Justice Connect has created a range of initiatives to respond to COVID-19 issues. They’re providing legal help to people and community organisations affected by the pandemic.

They have free resources and webinars on issues not-for-profits are facing, including managing contractual obligations, holding meetings, holding AGM’s, and navigating employment challenges.

Resources and FAQ for Not-for-profits

Grants SA - New COVID-19 Support Grants - Closes 30 October 2020

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for community organisations so they can continue to provide services and support to vulnerable South Australians during this unprecedented time.

A total of $3.35 million has been committed towards the Department of Human Services’ Grants SA COVID-19 Support Grants as part of the State Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding will be prioritised to support organisations who provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians in response to COVID-19.

Applications are now open and close on 30 October 2020. Please visit www.dhs.sa.gov.au/grantssa for the COVID-19 Support Grants guidelines and application form.

For more information
Grants SA Team
Department of Human Services
Phone:
 1300 650 985
Email: grantssa@sa.gov.au

Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-isolation and test status notification form
The Australian Government is collecting this information to help inform the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can help by sharing details of self-isolation, and test results (if applicable). This form is voluntary to complete.

COVID Form

Consumer and Business Services - Rental advice due to COVID-19
Recognising the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on a number of South Australians, the State Government is proposing a number of initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected.

Rental advice due to COVID-19

Aged Care Royal Commission and COVID-19

Make a submission on the impact of COVID-19 on aged care services

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2020, but that deadline is also subject to ongoing review, given the effects of COVID-19.

Go to the submissions page to learn more.

Read the latest media release from the Chair of the Royal Commission about COVID-19 issued on Friday 27 March 2020 and visit the about the Coronavirus and the Aged Care Royal Commission page​.


About the Coronavirus and the Aged Care Royal Commission

Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services – 28 April 2020 – Media Release

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19 – 27 March 2020 – Media Release

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
COVID-19 information from the Commission

Guidance resources

There is a section in the accordions that details a range of useful resources related to ‘Managing infection-related risks’. This information can also be found on their Guidance resources page.