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

November 25 - COVID-19 exposure locations in South Australia - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

There are now locations where positive cases of COVID-19 have been in South Australia. You can find them on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

If you were at one of the locations at the same date and time, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you must follow the relevant health advice found on the SA Health website.

You may not always receive a call, SMS or email from SA Health to let you know if you have been at one of the locations, but you still must follow the health advice even if you have not been contacted.

PLEASE NOTE:

More locations may be added, so please check

 the SA Health website regularly.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible. Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

Don’t wait: book your COVID-19 vaccine today

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe way to protect you, your family, and your friends from getting sick. Anyone aged 12 and over in South Australia can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

COVID-19 Information Session for Multicultural Communities

If you could not attend a COVID-19 information session on Monday, 22 November, a recording of the session and a copy of the presentation slides are available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmulticultural.

You can find more COVID-19 information on the SA Health website and on Facebook or Twitter.

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.

November 25 - COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers - Department of Health

In this special edition for In-home and community aged care providers:

  • Online NOW: SA webinars on mandatory vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers
  • How workers can get vaccinated
  • Booster vaccinations

Online NOW: SA webinars on mandatory vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers

The webinars held last week on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers in South Australia are now available online:

Panellists from the Commonwealth and respective State Government Health Departments, together with Union representatives, discussed the states’ public health directions on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers and how it applies to them.

Panellists also discussed COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, how aged care workers can access a priority COVID-19 vaccination, and the Home Care Package and Commonwealth Home Support Programme grants opportunities to assist providers to support their workers to get vaccinated.

Each recording lasts about 1 hour and includes approximately 30 minutes of Q&A on a range of issues relating to the scope of the public health order and workforce vaccination.

Webinars have also taken place in the ACT, NSW, NT, QLD and VIC and can be viewed on the department’s website.

How workers can get vaccinated

Workers who are not yet vaccinated can find their closest vaccination clinic using the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder for a priority appointment.

Staff do not require a Medicare card to be vaccinated and all COVID-19 vaccinations are free.

Workers can also call the Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4). The dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline can answer any questions about vaccination and assist with how to book a vaccination appointment.

A letter template which provides proof of employment as evidence of priority eligibility for vaccination is available on the Department of Health website. It is for all aged care workers – including subcontractors, volunteers and students on placement.

Booster vaccinations

The expert Australian Immunisation Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended COVID-19 booster vaccinations for all people aged 18 and over that received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine six or more months ago.

As in-home and community workers and care recipients could access a vaccination from 22 March this year, some will now be eligible for the booster. When eligible, people can get a booster dose at:

  • a participating GP or pharmacy – you can find a local clinic via the Vaccine Clinic Finder on health.gov.au or call the Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4)
  • a State Government COVID-19 vaccination clinic, or
  • a Commonwealth vaccination clinic.

 

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.

November 11 - Important information for RACF - Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) ‘Fit Check’ Education for RACFs from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) ‘Fit Check’ Education for RACF: 17-18-19 November 2021

RACF Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Leads are invited to attend an online PFR ‘Fit Check’ education session, delivered by the COVID Operations Infection Control Service (ICS), Department for Health and Wellbeing.

Registration is limited to one representative per site; it’s expected that each IPC Lead will then roll-out the training on a train-the-trainer basis to other RACF staff. It’s highly recommended that all RACFs participate in this specialised PPE training session.

The PFR (i.e. P2/N95 respirator or equivalent) ‘fit check’ education aims to:

  1. Develop skills in how to correctly:
  • put on a PFR
  • perform a ‘fit check’
  • take off a PFR
  1. Develop skills using a “train-the-trainer” model where trained IPC Leads will be able to provide ‘fit check’ sessions within their facilities.

Please note, this education is an interim measure only. Staff who are trained to perform a ‘fit check’ must be followed up with ‘fit testing’ as soon as possible, and preferably within the next 6-8 weeks. Each RACF will need to develop an action plan to achieve this.

How to register

Click here to register.

Four sessions per day will be delivered virtually over three days (sessions are identical) to ensure all RACF have an opportunity to participate in the education. Please choose one session from the below dates and times:

Wednesday 17 November 2021
Thursday 18 November 2021
Friday 19 November 2021

Session 1: 10:00am – 11:00am
Session 2: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Session 3: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Session 4: 5:00pm– 6:00pm

Bookings will close COB, 16 November.

Participants will need access to a computer with video and sound (MS Teams will be used for the virtual sessions).

Participants will need to have a suitable stock of different PFR types, including Detmold and cup style. RACFs will need to obtain an their own supply to support the train-the-trainer program, as well as maintaining a standing supply for future use when required. RACFs can source stock from their usual supplier or through SA Health (at a cost) by emailing HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.

After you have registered for a session, you will receive an email with link to MS Teams where the virtual session will be held.

More information

Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) are the recommended face mask to be worn in the event of COVID-19 exposure and outbreaks. PFR are also appropriate as part of the PPE required for all health care workers involved in aerosol-generating procedures and aerosol generating behaviours when a resident is confirmed or suspected of having a disease that may be transmitted via the droplet or airborne route (including COVID-19). If RACFs use PFR face masks as part of your escalating PPE strategy, it will significantly reduce the likelihood that staff will need to be furloughed in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in your facility.

The national Infection Control Expert Group recommends that healthcare workers who wear P2/N95 respirators should complete fit testing before first use, and perform a fit check (ensuring an effective seal) each time they are used. In situations where fit testing has not yet been carried out, and a P2/N95 respirator is recommended for use, a fit-checked P2/N95 respirator is preferred to a surgical mask.

For any queries, or for late booking enquiries, please contact Office for Ageing Well at officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au or 8204 2420.

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.

November 11 - COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers - Department of Health

In this special edition for In-home and community aged care providers:

  • AHPPC recommends national mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers
  • Workforce vaccination rates to be reported publicly
  • New reporting requirements on workforce vaccination exemptions via My Aged Care
  • Home Care Packages COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant
  • CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Grant
  • How your workforce can get priority COVID-19 vaccination
  • Providing evidence of vaccination
  • I’m protected, so you’re protected – video to share with your workforce
  • COVID-19 vaccine booster doses now available

AHPPC recommends national mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has recommended mandating COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers nationally. As with the mandate for residential aged care workers, only very limited exemptions are recommended.

You can read the AHPPC’s statement on mandatory vaccination of in home and community aged care workers.

The AHPPC recommends a national framework for the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for in-home and community care be established under state and territory public health orders.

The AHPPC also recommends the first dose of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine by 30 November 2021 and a second dose by 31 December 2021.

The recommended scope for the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements includes:

  • All Commonwealth funded aged care service providers delivering in-home and community aged care services including:
    • Home Care Packages
    • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
    • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program home care services
    • Short-Term Restorative Care
    • Transition Care Program
    • Multi-Purposes Services
  • All full-time, part-time and casual staff employed or engaged by the Commonwealth funded service provider, including sub-contractors and volunteers (proposed definition below).
  • Workers and volunteers in all roles delivered by the Commonwealth funded aged care service provider, including those that provide care and services in and around clients’ homes, in the community and organisational administration.

AHPPC also recognises that some jurisdictions may introduce, or have introduced, requirements that come into effect earlier or go beyond arrangements outlined in its statement. The implementation of these requirements may also differ between jurisdictions depending on their public health legislation.

Victoria, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have already mandated COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers.

If your state or territory mandates COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers, they may be required to provide proof of their vaccination status.

Please refer to your state and territory public health directions for guidance.

The department has hosted webinars for jurisdictions as public health directions have been issued. You can watch the NSW, NT, Victorian and ACT webinars for in home and community aged care workers on the department’s website. The SA webinar is being held next week and information will be provided shortly.

Workforce vaccination rates to be reported publicly

From Wednesday 17 November 2021, workforce vaccination data reported by all in-home aged care providers via My Aged Care will be publicly available on the Department of Health’s website.

The public reporting will list each in-home aged care provider and report on the percentage of workers partially vaccinated (first dose) and fully vaccinated (two doses). Public reporting on residential aged care workforce vaccination data is already available on the health.gov.au website.

Data suppression techniques will be applied, and the data will be banded into ranges (eg 90-100% of workers are partially vaccinated) with the range being determined by the number of workers at each outlet:

  • Providers with less than 5 staff are listed as having “confidentially applied” and no data is reported
  • 5-10 staff have a 50% banding (ie 0-49.9% and 50-100%)
  • 11-15 staff have 33% banding
  • 16-20 staff have 20% banding
  • More than 20 staff have 10% banding.

The data will be presented as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. It will be updated weekly to reflect data reported by providers via My Aged Care, in accordance with the mandatory weekly reporting cycle.

Workforce vaccination data for Commonwealth Home Support Programme providers will not be publicly reported at this time due to the later commencement date of mandatory reporting for those providers, but may be considered in the future.

All in-home and community aged care providers are strongly encouraged to ensure their workforce vaccination data is current and accurately reported weekly via the My Aged Care provider portal on:

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

Providers that do not meet their reporting requirements may face regulatory action by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

See the Quick Reference Guide on how to view and update your COVID-19 vaccination data.

For more information, such as who to include in your reporting and how to report across multiple outlets and services, please visit the department’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting page.

New reporting requirements on workforce vaccination exemptions via My Aged Care

From 16 November 2021, in-home and community aged care providers are strongly encouraged to report workforce vaccination exemption data via the My Aged Care portal, where public health orders are in place mandating vaccination for this workforce.

While exemption reporting will initially be voluntary, it will become a mandatory requirement in the coming weeks.

Exemption categories to report against via My Aged Care are:

  • a permanent medical exemption authorised by a medical practitioner
  • a temporary medical exemption authorised by a medical practitioner
  • where applicable, an authorised temporary exemption from your state/territory public health authority, due to the inability to access a COVID-19 vaccine
  • where applicable, an authorised temporary exemption due to a critical workforce shortage, to maintain the provision of quality of care or to protect the health and safety of residents, or
  • an authorised exemption related to another category in the relevant state or territory public health order.

Each state or territory public health orders will provide direction on the evidence required to be provided by workers to their employer as proof their authorised exemption to a COVID-19 vaccine. Refer to your state or territory department of health website for more information.

Providers will need to report on exemptions in line with the public health order in their jurisdiction.

From 16 November 2021, in-home and community aged care providers will also be able to report on workers’ booster doses.

There will be other minor changes to the wording for the current data points to take account of the additional reporting. For example “all required doses” will become “second doses”.

More detailed guidance on the My Aged Care changes will be issued shortly.

Home Care Packages COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant

The Australian Government has announced a total of $20 million in 2021-22 for the Home Care Packages Program COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant (Grant).

The Grant will provide additional financial support for Home Care Package (HCP) providers to increase COVID-19 vaccination of the in-home and community aged care workforce and to report on the workforce vaccination status through the My Aged Care Portal.

Providers will be able to use the Grant to cover costs incurred between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The Grant opened on Friday 5 November 2021 and will be open until 28 January 2022. Providers who apply before 2pm AEDT 18 November 2021 will receive an offer in December 2021 with first payments made on execution of the grant. All approved providers with HCP recipients are eligible to apply.

Grants will be offered at a provider level (not for each service outlet) with capped funding based on the number of HCP recipients in your care at 5 November 2021.

For the grant opportunity guidelines and frequently asked questions, see the Grant Opportunity (GO5126) on GrantConnect.

CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Grant

Under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Round (GO3877), $48.8 million is available in 2021-22 which includes $13.8 million for vaccination reporting support and incentives for workforce COVID-19 vaccination.

CHSP providers can apply for funding via GrantConnect and applications close on 30 June 2022.

CHSP providers can access emergency funds for costs associated with putting in place systems or process for reporting on workforce vaccination, and for initiatives to support and facilitate workforce vaccination.

How your workforce can get priority COVID-19 vaccination

A fact sheet to support in-home and community aged care workers is now available in 20 languages. The fact sheet provides information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and information on how to book a vaccination appointment. Please share the relevant fact sheets with your workers.

An information kit is also available for providers to support their workers to get vaccinated.

Workers can access the vaccine of their choice (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)
through:

  • Primary care – including GP clinics, pharmacies, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (GP respiratory clinic), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services.
    • Workers are prioritised to receive a booking within 7 days of their request for an appointment at all primary care clinics.
  • State and territory vaccination clinics – In-home and community aged care workers can make an appointment to get vaccinated at a state or territory vaccination clinic.

Workers can also:

  • call the dedicated COVID-19 Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4) for any questions about vaccination and for assistance on how to book an appointment.
  • use the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder to book an appointment at a clinic nearby.

Workers can provide the following documents to confirm their eligibility for a priority vaccination:

  • proof of identity (e.g. driver’s licence, passport, birth certificate)
  • proof of employment  
    • letter from your employer confirming you have priority access
    • current work ID card or payslip showing you are currently employed as an aged care worker
  • Medicare card if you have one. You are still eligible for vaccination even if you do not have a Medicare card.

Providing evidence of vaccination

A fact sheet provides information on how workers can prove their COVID-19 vaccination status.

There are two ways workers can provide evidence of their vaccination status:

  1. Immunisation History Statement – this displays all vaccinations or medical contraindications and authorised exemptions, including COVID-19, that have been reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). All vaccine providers must upload vaccinations to the AIR.
  2. COVID-19 Digital Certificate – this is for individuals who have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

People can access their Immunisation History Statement:

  • online, by setting up a myGov account and then accessing a Medicare online account; or
  • through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app; or
  • by calling the Australian Immunisation Register enquiries line on 1800 653 809 (8am-5pm, Monday to Friday AEDT) and asking them to send a copy of the statement. Please allow up to 14 days to receive the statement in the post; or
  • by asking a GP or vaccination provider to print a copy of your statement for you.

People do not need to have a Medicare card to be able to access their Immunisation History Statement.

I’m protected, so you’re protected – video to share with your workforce

All providers are encouraged to share a new video with workers to encourage them to get vaccinated and explain how to make an appointment.

The video emphasises vaccination against COVID-19 as the best way for workers to protect themselves and the people they care for.

“You can get vaccinated now … with a choice of safe and effective vaccines,” read subtitles laid over images of workers, care recipients and health professionals.

“Because when you protect yourself … you also protect the people you care for.”

Please find the Supporting in home and community aged care worker COVID-19 vaccination video on YouTube to share though your communications channels.

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses now available

Booster vaccinations are now available for in-home and community aged care recipients and workers who received their second COVID-19 vaccination at least six months ago.

People who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated and very well protected against serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

A booster dose will boost a person’s immune response and provide an additional layer to further reduce the risk of breakthrough infection (when a fully vaccinated person gets COVID-19 and is at risk of transmitting the virus to others).

Getting a free booster dose is not mandatory but it is recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.

As with first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, in-home and community aged care recipients and workers can access a booster in priority appointments with primary care clinics, state and territory vaccination clinics and dedicated hubs.

Booster appointments can be booked through the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder

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.

November 9 - Important information for RACF - Updated Emergency Management (RACF No 42) COVID-19 Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Updated RACF Emergency Management Direction No 42

Effective 4.01pm on 8 November 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 41) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 42) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. Click here to view a copy of the new Direction.

Visitors

Under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, from 6 December 2021, a person is not permitted to enter or remain on the premises of a RACF unless they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (A person is vaccinated against COVID-19 if they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the TGA or all dosages of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with dosage schedule recommended by ATAGI for that vaccine).

Exemptions to this requirement are limited to the below circumstances:

  • the person is aged 12 years and 2 months or less.
  • the person has a medical certificate or letter from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person:
    • has a medical exemption from receiving a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • has a medical exemption on either a permanent or temporary basis from receiving the preferred vaccine as recommended by ATAGI for the person’s age; or
    • has an appointment to be assessed by a medical specialist or has commenced an assessment with a medical specialist to determine whether they have a medical exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • is currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial and receipt of a TGA approved vaccine would impact the validity of the trial.

The certificate or letter must specify the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies and the exemption must be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate (which must be provided to the operator of the RACF).

  • Further information will be provided on the SA Health website regarding the process for visitor exemptions.

Residential aged care workers

Under the Direction, from 17 September 2021, residential aged care workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine and has received or has have evidence of a booking to receive, or have received, a second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the ATAGI for that COVID-19 vaccine. Some exemptions apply. However, from 6 December 2021, exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for RACF workers are limited to the below circumstances:

  • The RACF must be provided with a medical certificate or letter from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person:
    • has a medical exemption from receiving a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • has a medical exemption on either a permanent or temporary basis from receiving the preferred vaccine as recommended by ATAGI for the person’s age; or
    • has an appointment to be assessed by a medical specialist or has commenced an assessment with a medical specialist to determine whether they have a medical exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • is currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial and receipt of a TGA approved vaccine would impact the validity of the trial.

The certificate or letter must specify the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies, and the exemption must be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate (which must be provided to the operator of the RACF).

  • Requests for exemptions for RACF workers must be made by the RACF or the person’s employer in writing to the Department for Health and Wellbeing via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au. Exemptions will be endorsed at the discretion of the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate on a case-by-case basis.

 Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination) COVID-19 Direction

From 30 November 2021, in-home and community aged care and disability support workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination and received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by ATAGI for that COVID-19 vaccine. In-home and community aged care and disability support workers must provide the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request. Click here for more information.

The updated fact sheets will be available online shortly.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare (Please note, information on this webpage will be updated shortly).

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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 381: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Queensland exposure locations 

A number of COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland. Anyone who visited any of the Queensland exposure locations, should quarantine immediately, get a COVID-19 test and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at this location.

Find more information and complete the form at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate

COVID-19 vaccine pregnancy video

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick and Professor Helen Marshall explain why COVID-19 vaccination is important while pregnant, breastfeeding and planning pregnancy. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and when planning a pregnancy, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccineandpregnancy.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Latest vaccination data not available at time of release
  • 5,145 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 380: Tuesday 9 November 2021

Border restriction update 

From 4.16pm 9 November 2021, a new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction came into effect. Changes include updates to commercial transport and freight workers entering South Australia from Northern Territory who have not received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination. 

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 Direction update

Changes have been made to the Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction, Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction as well as a new In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination Direction.

Healthcare workers who give person to person allied and scientific professional care in chiropractic therapy and osteopathy require a COVID-19 vaccination. By 6 December 2021 they must have:

  • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination,
  • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for that COVID-19 vaccine,
  • Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request.

From 6 December 2021 a person must also not enter a Residential Aged Care Facility unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must have received all doses of an approved or recognised vaccine. 

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Latest vaccination data not available at time of release
  • 4,139 tests yesterday
  • 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.

November 9 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are available to people aged 18+ years at least six months after their second dose.

Booster doses provide further protection from the effects of COVID-19, and will be free for everyone.

Booster doses will be available from:

People who are severely immunocompromised can receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine 2 to 6 months after receiving a second dose. Read more about eligibility conditions and speak to your GP.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic – 2021 Multicultural Festival

On Sunday 14 November, SA Health will hold a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm in Victoria Square, near the entrance to the 2021 Multicultural Festival.

Trained medical professionals will be available to answer questions and help community members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a safe and comfortable environment.

No appointment is needed! Look for the blue SA Health signs on the day.

Please share our recent Facebook post with your community.

Community Vaccination Days

This Saturday 13 November, a number of schools will be open from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm for community members to receive their vaccination. The schools are:

  • Trinity College Gawler, Evanston South
  • Kadina Memorial School
  • Port Augusta Secondary School
  • Renmark High School

Schools will be open again on Saturday 4 December to deliver second doses.

For a list of all mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination for youth

All children aged 12 and over can get the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available at:

  • SA Health vaccination clinics
  • Selected GPs
  • Selected Respiratory Clinics
  • Selected metropolitan and regional schools

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available at:

  • Selected pharmacies

For children being vaccinated at school, parents/caregivers will need to sign a consent card and return it to the school but do not need to attend. Outside school, parents/caregivers of children aged 12-15 years need to provide consent for vaccination and attend the appointment.

You can find more information at:

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.

November 8 - Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 379: Monday 8 November 2021

COVIDKIDS

A new dedicated virtual service for children and young people with COVID-19 was announced today. COVIDKIDS engages experienced paediatric nurses, doctors and other supporting staff from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to assess children with COVID-19 without them and their families needing to leave home. Families whose children are referred to COVIDKIDS will receive regular check-ups, support and advice while at home and children will be able to access onsite care at the hospital, should they require it.

For more information visit www.wch.sa.gov.au/covidkids

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated.

People can have their first or second dose at a mobile clinic. If someone has an existing appointment and attends a mobile clinic, please cancel it so other people can book.

Metropolitan Adelaide

Adelaide – Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga – southern side

  • Sunday 14 November, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Christies Downs Community House – Corner Flaxmill and Morton Rd

  • Friday 12 November, 9.30 am to 3.00 pm

Evanston South – Trinity College Gawler, Alexander Ave

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Green Fields – BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Hindu Temple, 54-64 George St

  • Saturday 13 November, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm (16+ years)

Old Noarlunga Institute Hall – 2 Market Crescent

  • Wednesday 10 November, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Port Adelaide Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Thursday 11 November, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm

Woodville – Foodbank, 697 Port Rd

  • Tuesday 9 November, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Woodville – Bunnings, Corner Cheltenham Pde and Port Rd

  • Tuesday 9 November to Saturday 13 November, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Regional SA

Booborowie Oval Complex, North Terrace

  • Friday 12 November, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm

Burra – Regional Council of Goyder Office, 1 Market St

  • Thursday 11 November, 11.30 am – 2.30 pm

Coonalpyn Health Centre – 52 Peake Terrace

  • Tuesday 9 November, 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Cummins Institute – Railway Tce

  • Tuesday 9 November, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Gladstone Health Centre – 20 Fifth St

  • Tuesday 9 November, 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Hallett – Hallett Main Street, Alfred Street

  • Friday 12 November, 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Kadina Memorial School, 5 Doswell Terrace

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Meningie Community Health Centre – 2 South Terrace

  • Wednesday 10 November, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Peterborough Hospital – 23 Hurlstone St

  • Wednesday 10 November, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Port Augusta – Flinders View Community Oval

  • Wednesday 10 November, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Port Augusta Secondary School, 3 Stirling Rd

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Renmark High School, Thurk St

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Tumby Bay – Soldiers Memorial Hall, 23 West Terrace

  • Wednesday 10 November, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Thursday 11 November, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Victor Harbor – Moorundi Clinic, 15 Victoria Street

  • Friday 12 November, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Whyalla Norrie – Westlands Shopping Centre

  • Thursday 11 November, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Whyalla – Foreshore (adjacent the jetty), Buttlingarra Way

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

For a list of clinics visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,297,946 total vaccine doses administered
  • 83.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 70.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 3,353 tests yesterday
  • 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.

November 8 - Residential aged care admissions during COVID-19 - Department of Health

The safety and well-being of aged care residents and staff remains a priority, as the Australian Government continues to work with states and territories and the aged care sector to transition to living with COVID‑19.

To assist with the COVID-19 emergency, the Government is encouraging residential aged care providers who have capacity to admit people being discharged from hospital where possible.

The Government is working with states and territories to ensure their public hospital systems are equipped to deal with any increase in hospitalisations as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in coming months.

As part of this it will be important that older Australians in hospital who will need ongoing residential care when they are discharged, are able to access care in a timely manner.

While admission practices are a matter for individual providers, we would strongly encourage you to consider people with higher dementia support needs and those with lower means.

If you do admit people with higher dementia needs, Dementia Support Australia (DSA) are able to offer support planning, clinical advice and information to service providers. More information is available at www.dementia.com.au.

Further, there is also financial support available to providers for residents who cannot pay for some or all of their accommodation costs or are facing financial hardship. Additional information is available on the accommodation supplement and on financial hardship.

There have also been a number of funding announcements and new initiatives to support aged care providers during COVID-19. Further details on these measures can be found on the department’s website.

All aged care homes must follow the New Resident Entrance Protocol on COVID‑19 vaccination to protect new and existing residents. Providers should work with hospitals to ensure that:

  • new entrants to residential aged care are offered a minimum first dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine prior to being discharged
  • a resident’s COVID-19 vaccination status is included in the clinical transfer notes provided on discharge from hospital.

Providers are also reminded that their security of tenure obligations apply to existing residents returning from hospital.

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.

November 5 - Booster Vaccinations - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 378: Friday 5 November 2021

Border restriction update 

From 7.45pm 5 November 2021, travellers who enter South Australia from Northern Territory will be subject to restrictions. Information on testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

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

COVID-19 booster vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are recommended to maintain immunity against the virus.  All people aged 18+ years who have had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster dose.

Where can people get their booster dose?

  • Anyone can receive their booster dose at participating GPs, pharmacies, and Respiratory Clinics (online bookings open 8 November).
  • SA Health staff from phase 1a can get their booster dose at SA Health vaccination clinics.
  • From Wednesday 1 December, anyone due will be able to get their booster dose at SA Health vaccination clinics. 

SA Health vaccination clinics will continue to focus on delivering first and second dose vaccines to the community.

Who does the phase 1a cohort include?

  • medi-hotel and quarantine pathway workers
  • frontline at-risk health care workers (including GP respiratory clinic staff and COVID-19 testing and processing facility staff)
  • ambulance staff and paramedics
  • ICU and emergency department staff (including students and volunteers)

People who are severely immunocompromised aged 12 and over can receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from their GP. For more information about eligible conditions, visit the SA Health website.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,261,973 total vaccine doses administered
  • 83.1% received first dose (16+)
  • 69.2% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,735 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 377: Thursday 4 November 2021

COVID-19 school children Q&A video

Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, answers questions from school children about the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccineyouth

 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,245,362 total vaccine doses administered
  • 82.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 68.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 3,718 tests yesterday
  • 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.

November 5 - Webinar: The loss and grief of residents and home care recipients in aged care following COVID-19 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Webinar: The loss and grief of residents and home care recipients in aged care following COVID-19

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is presenting a free webinar on loss and grief in aged care following COVID‑19.

The webinar will be held on:
Tuesday 16 November 2021 from 2pm – 3:15pm AEDT
Register to attend (free)

Grief can be experienced in different ways: the loss of a loved one, missing friends and events, or changes in a routine.

This webinar is designed for:

  • senior Australians and those that care for them
  • anyone working in the aged care sector
  • those interested in providing bereavement support within the aged care sector.

The most recent ACGB webinar, Supporting the loss and grief of families and relatives of those in aged care as a result of COVID-19, which was held on 30 September 2021, is now available to view online.

Engaging in these webinars may help you to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards. Standard 7 requires an organisation to have and use a skilled and qualified workforce.

The webinar is funded by the Department under the COVID‑19 Grief and Trauma measure for aged care.

For more information contact the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB).

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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 376: Wednesday 3 November 2021

Retail Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Weekend

Retail Worker Walk-In Weekend is this Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November, with more walk-in appointments available without a booking, making it easier and more convenient to get vaccinated. Retail workers and their families can walk in without an appointment to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Adelaide (Myer Centre)

    • Sat and Sun 9.30am – 3.30pm

Elizabeth (Playford Civic Centre)

    • Sat and Sun 8.30am – 2pm

Munno Para Shopping City

    • Sat and Sun 9am – 3pm

Noarlunga Centre

    • Sat 8.45am – 3pm
    • Sun 8.45am – 3pm

Wayville (Adelaide Showground)

    • Sat and Sun 8am – 3pm

Retail workers are essential to keep our state running during the pandemic and are at risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. It is essential for all retail workers to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community.

For more information or to find other mobile and pop-up clinics in your area, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

Kilkenny COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The Kilkenny COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open for appointments and walk-in appointments for people aged 12 years and over.

The site is located at 10-14 Regency Road and the opening hours are:

Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 12pm – 7pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,228,817 total vaccine doses administered
  • 82.4% received first dose (16+)
  • 67.9% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,139 tests yesterday
  • 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.

November 1 - National webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care - Department of Health

Wednesday 3 November / 1.30pm – 2.30pm AEDT

A special live webinar hosted by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck will be held on Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 1.30pm – 2.30pm AEDT.

The Australian Government ‘s national in-reach clinic program for booster doses to residential aged care facilities will roll out from Monday 8 November 2021.

Boosters are now available for people who completed their primary course (two doses) of a COVID-19 vaccination more than six months ago, including residents and workers in residential aged care.

People who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated. This means they are very well protected against serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

A booster dose will boost a person’s immune response and provide an additional layer of protection to further reduce the risk of breakthrough infection (when a fully vaccinated person gets COVID-19 and is at risk of transmitting the virus to others).

This webinar is for:

  • residential aged care providers
  • residential aged care facility managers and IPC leads
  • residents, their families and representatives
  • residential aged care workers.

We encourage you to organise screening of the live webinar in communal areas in your facility for residents and workers.

This webinar will address the national roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine booster program in residential aged care including:

  • What you need to know about COVID-19 booster vaccinations
  • How the in-reach booster clinics will be delivered
  • Roles and responsibilities of vaccine providers and facilities
  • How to prepare for your in-reach clinic, including consent
  • What to do if it’s been less than six months since your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • How to support and engage with residents and workers.

Minister Colbeck will be joined by the following Commonwealth Department of Health representatives:

  • Mr Michael Lye, Deputy Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care Group
  • Adj. Professor Alison McMillan, Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
  • Ms Teena Blewitt, Deputy Coordinator General, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce
  • Mr James Hart, First Assistant Secretary, Disability and Aged Care Rollout, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce
  • Ms Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Vaccine Aged Care
  • Mr Craig Gear, Chief Executive Officer, Older Persons Advocacy Network.

A Q&A session will be included in the live webinar.

Participants can submit questions to VacTaskForceAgedCare_Comms@Health.gov.au any time before the webinar.  Please note “National Webinar” in the subject heading of your email.

This webinar is FREE and registration is not required.

The webinar will be recorded and available on the department’s website for on demand viewing.

The details to join the webinar are provided below:

Join by personal device or computer:

https://healthevents-au.webex.com/healthevents-au/j.php?MTID=mcf0fc877de38ec6e7a0d6c7bfbafa9cd

Event number: 2654 555 0559

Event password: 9876 (9876 from phones)

Join by phone

+61-2-9338-2221 Australia Toll

Access code: 265 455 50559

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.

November 1 - Mobile and Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 374: Monday 1 November 2021

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics across SA this week:

Metropolitan Adelaide

Adelaide – Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga (Adjacent Reconciliation Plaza)

  • Tuesday 2 November, 10am – 6pm

Christies Beach Sports and Social Club

  • Friday 5 November, 3pm – 8pm

Gepps Cross – Roma Mitchell Secondary College

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Ingle Farm Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 3 November, 11am – 6pm

Marion Bunnings

  • Saturday 6 November, 8am – 4pm

Prospect Bunnings, Churchill Road

  • Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 November, 8am – 5pm

St Clair Recreation Centre, Woodville Road

  • Wednesday 3 November, 9.30am – 3pm

Tea Tree Plaza (Near Woolworths entrance parking area)

  • Thursday 4 November, 12pm – 7pm

 

Regional SA

Hawker Memorial Hospital 

  • Tuesday 2 November, 3pm – 5.30pm

Leigh Creek Health Service

  • Tuesday 2 November, 8.30am – 12pm

Mount Gambier – Tenison Woods College

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Mount Gambier – Grant High School

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Port Lincoln High School

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Port Wakefield – Soldiers Memorial Hall

  • Thursday 4 November, 9.30am – 3pm

Tailem Bend Hospital (old day centre building)

  • Saturday 6 November, 10am – 2pm

Whyalla – Westlands Shopping Centre

  • Thursday 4 November, 9am – 5pm

Munno Para COVID-19 vaccination clinic

From tomorrow, the Munno Para COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open for appointments and walk-in appointments at Munno Para Shopping City (near Harvey Norman). The site is open 9am to 3pm, 7 days a week and is available for people aged 16 years and over.

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 913 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,198,585 total vaccine doses administered
  • 81.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 66.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 2,737 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 375: Tuesday 2 November 2021

COVID-Ready modelling

SA Health, with the assistance of SAHMRI, commissioned mathematical modelling specific to South Australia to inform decision making about COVID-19 as population vaccination rates reach 80%. Undertaken by highly expert, independent academics from the University of Adelaide, this modelling has informed South Australia’s COVID-Ready Plan and outlines three scenarios as we open our borders on 23 November.

Modelling work will be ongoing after the borders open as the accuracy of the data will improve over time when COVID-19 cases and any onward transmission of infection from these cases are added to the model. This will inform next steps to further ease public health and social measures when safe to do so.

For more information or to view the modelling visit the SA Health website.

Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station

The new Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week. The testing station is located at 185 Philip Highway (enter via Walsh Street).

Bookings are available here.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 913 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Latest vaccination data not available at time of release
  • 4,296 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 373: Friday 29 October 2021

COVID-19 border update 
Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel Direction. Entry for NSW Cross Border Community Members into SA is now prohibited. Cross Border Community Members (and one carer) from Broken Hill LGA or the town of Silverton, NSW are permitted to travel to SA, including beyond the cross border corridor, solely for emergency health care for the management of conditions where the failure to so quickly and safely will lead to loss of life, loss of limb and permanent disability.

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

COVID-19 school community vaccination days

Participating schools are hosting community vaccination days for their wider community. Anyone can attend and no appointment is required. 

Saturday 30 October and Saturday 20 November:

  • Paralowie R-12 School
  • Woodville High School
  • St Columba College
  • Reynella East High School

Saturday 6 November and Saturday 27 November:

  • Roma Mitchell Secondary College
  • Port Lincoln High School
  • Grant High School
  • Tenison Woods College

Saturday 13 November and Saturday 4 December:

  • Trinity College Gawler
  • Kadina Memorial School
  • Port Augusta Secondary School
  • Renmark High School

The pop-up vaccination clinics will visit each school twice for a first dose and second dose appointment, but people can visit any site for either dose.  

To find out times and locations, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 913 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,160,487 total vaccine doses administered
  • 80.9% received first dose (16+)
  • 65.2% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,396 tests yesterday
  • 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.

October 28 - Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines recommended for people aged 18 and over - Department of Health

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have recommended a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people who are aged 18 years and over.

Download the new guideline


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.

October 11 - Recording of live COVID-19 webinar for providers now available - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Recording of live COVID-19 webinar for providers now available

Thank you to the more than 1,000 participants who joined Friday’s special live webinar hosted by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck.

A recording of the webinar is now available online.

Panellists included Department of Health representatives and Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Annie Butler.

Discussions focused on the importance of vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers and care recipients as well as the recent changes to vaccine priority and access.

Participants were advised that consideration is being given to mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination for the in-home and community workforce, with work underway on how that could be implemented in partnership with workers and providers.

The reporting obligations of providers to report up to date and accurate COVID‑19 workforce vaccinations was highlighted.

The department will shortly issue a FAQ document to respond to questions that could not be addressed during the webinar due to time.

Reminder: mandatory reporting on COVID-19 vaccination for all CHSP and NATSIFACP providers

Reminder that mandatory reporting commenced on 5 October 2021 for all Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP) home care providers to report and provide updates on the COVID‑19 vaccination status of the aged care workforce.

Reporting is via the My Aged Care portal for providers.

The new reporting requires CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers to record de-identified data at a service level on the:

  • total number of workers at each aged care service, and of those,
  • the number of workers at each service who have received a single dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine
  • the number of workers at each service who have received all required doses of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Guidance and further information is available on the department’s 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.

October 11 - Walk-in vaccination appointments - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

Walk-in vaccination appointments

Vaccination clinics at Noarlunga, Elizabeth, Wayville and Pooraka are now accepting walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 appointments, making it easier to get vaccinated.

Please remember the most convenient option is to book your preferred date and time online at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine, as priority is given to people with existing bookings. Walk-in appointments are limited and you will need to wait.

Walk-in appointment times

Noarlunga Centre (Community Drive)

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am – 3pm
  • Thursday, 1pm – 6pm
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 3pm

Wayville (Adelaide Showground)

  • Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 2.30pm

Pooraka (SA Produce Market) (16+ years)

  • Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm

Elizabeth (Playford Civic Centre)

  • 7 days, 8.30am – 2pm

Mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available this week. In most cases, no booking is needed – walk-ins are welcome.

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Wardli Youth Centre, McKinna Road, Christie Downs

  • Wednesday 13 October, 2pm-6pm

Hackham West Community Centre, Majorca Road & Warsaw Crescent

  • Thursday 14 October, 10am-3pm

Christies Beach Sports & Social Club, Bice Oval, Christie Ave

  • Friday 15 October, 3pm-8pm

Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network

Hawker Memorial Hospital

Leigh Creek Health Service

Eyre and Far North Local Health Network

Cowell Bowling Club

Cleve Institute

Yorke and Northern Local Health Network

Port Wakefield Soldiers Memorial Hall

  • Every Thursday until 18 November, 9.30am-3pm

Stay home if you are sick

Encourage members of your community to stay home if they are unwell, to avoid passing on illness to others. Download a poster to place in your workplace or community space:

 

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.

October 22 - New Exposure Locations - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 368: Friday 22 October 2021

COVID-19 border update 
Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel Direction. The Direction includes changes to the NSW cross border corridor and removes the requirement for seven day testing for Victorian cross border community members.

More information, including the new Direction and updated frequently asked questions, will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au shortly.  

COVID-19 mask update
From Monday 25 October 2021, masks are no longer required in education settings across South Australia, however staff and students can choose to wear a mask if they would like to.

Masks are still mandatory in health care services, passenger transport services, high risk settings, airports and airplanes, personal care services, and indoor public places. They are also strongly recommended for indoor workplaces and adult learning environments.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidmasks.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 917 confirmed cases in total
  • 905 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,052,656 total vaccine doses administered
  • 2% received first dose (16+)
  • 3% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,965 tests yesterday
  • 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.

October 11 - New Exposure Locations - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 360: Monday 11 October 2021

SA exposure locations
SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 case update
There are three new cases of COVID-19 today. The first case is a woman in her 30s who arrived from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival. The second case, who was announced late yesterday, is a man in his 40s who is the co-driver of the truck driver reported on Saturday. The third case is a woman in her 30s, who is a miner and fly-in-fly-out worker and arrived at Adelaide Airport from Melbourne last night.

There were two COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend. The cases were a Victorian commercial transport worker in his 20s and a teenager who travelled on flight VA219 from Melbourne to Adelaide on 4 October.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 9 active COVID-19 cases
  • 914 confirmed cases in total
  • 901 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,868,871 total vaccine doses administered
  • 9% received first dose (16+)
  • 55% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,533 tests yesterday
  • 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.

October 7 - Vaccination for Healthcare Workers - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 358: Thursday 7 October 2021

Vaccination for healthcare workers
The Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 5.00pm 7 October 2021.

The Direction places COVID-19 vaccination requirements on all people working in a public hospital, private hospital or ambulance service, including patient transport service in South Australia. A public hospital includes all services provided by a Local Health Network, not just those physically located in a hospital.

The Direction applies to all people engaging in work or duties in one of the above settings, including clinicians, ambulance workers, allied health workers, cleaners, administrative and executive staff and students undertaking placement regardless of whether they work in a patient or a non-patient area. It also includes volunteers and contractors.

From 12.01am on Monday, 1 November 2021 any person outlined above must have:

  • received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination
  • received or has evidence of a booking to receive a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within one month of the first dose.
  • provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request.

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

 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 907 confirmed cases in total
  • 896 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,808,113 total vaccine doses administered
  • 71% received first dose (16+)
  • 53% received second dose (16+)
  • 7,050 tests yesterday
  • 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.

October 8 - New Exposure Locations - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 359: Friday 8 October 2021

SA exposure locations
SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Activities Direction update
Effective 10.52am 8 October 2021, the Emergency Management (Activities Associated No 14A) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked.

The City of Mount Gambier, District Council of Grant, and Wattle Range Council are now subject to the same activities and gatherings restrictions that apply to the rest of South Australia.

Cross Border Travel Direction update
From 4.53pm 8 October 2021, the Victorian cross border corridor is extended to 70 km either side of the border, excluding any part of the city of Portland.

Cross border community members who live within the corridor who are travelling for a permitted purpose may enter SA, provided they have not travelled outside the Victorian cross border corridor and have been associating with people outside the Victorian cross border corridor in the last 14 days.

From 12.01am 18 October 2021, cross border community members who are ordinarily resident in the Victorian cross border corridor must be able to produce evidence of having received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination, unless they have a medical certificate stating they are exempt.

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 909 confirmed cases in total
  • 896 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,827,995 total vaccine doses administered
  • 71.7% received first dose (16+)
  • 53.7% received second dose (16+)
  • 6,315 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 357: Wednesday 6 October 2021

COVID-19 vaccine milestone
As of 5 October 2021, 70.4% of South Australians aged 16+ years have received at least 1️ dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 52.4% have received 2️ doses of COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated.

Thank you to all the South Australians who have rolled up their sleeve or have booked in to get vaccinated.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines or to book an appointment, visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Stay home if you are sick – Workplace resources
SA Health has posters available to encourage employees to stay home if they are unwell, to avoid passing on illness to others. These resources are available for download below:

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 907 confirmed cases in total
  • 896 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,787,693 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4% received first dose (16+)
  • 4% received second dose (16+)
  • 6,110 tests yesterday
  • 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.

October 5 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 356: Tuesday 5 October 2021

SA exposure locations
SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Activities Direction update
The Emergency Management (Activities Associated No 14A) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 was released and includes restrictions relating to the local government areas of Mount Gambier City, District Council of Grant and Wattle Range Council.

This includes restrictions on density requirements, visitors to residential premises and private activities. More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Cross Border Travel Direction update
From 7.41 pm 3 October 2021, the Victorian cross border corridor has been reduced to 30km into Victoria and 40km into South Australia.

Cross border community members who live within the corridor who are travelling for a permitted purpose may enter SA, provided they have not travelled beyond 30km into Victoria and have been associating with people outside the Victorian cross border corridor in the last 14 days.

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

COVID-19 case update
There were four cases reported over the weekend. The cases are a man in his 20s who is considered historical and acquired overseas, a woman in her 30s who recently returned to SA from Victoria, a woman in her 40s from Mount Gambier who spent time in Victoria and a truck driver in his 30s who tested positive in SA but has since returned to Victoria. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 907 confirmed cases in total
  • 895 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,767,376 total vaccine doses administered
  • 8% received first dose (16+)
  • 7% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,619 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 355: Friday 1 October 2021

SA exposure locations
SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

Tailem Bend pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic 
From today, the Tailem Bend temporary pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open for walk-in Pfizer appointments. The site is adjacent to Tasco Caltex Tailem Bend 8786 Princes Hwy, Tailem Bend (next to the testing site). The site is open 7am to 11pm, 7 days until Sunday 17 October. 

For more information or to book a vaccine, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

COVID-19 case update
Today’s case is a truck driver in his 30s from Victoria who tested positive in South Australia but has returned to Victoria.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 903 confirmed cases in total
  • 895 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,723,737 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4% received first dose (16+)
  • 2% received second dose (16+)
  • 5,540 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 354: Thursday 30 September 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 case update

There is one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a male truck driver in his 20s who tested positive in South Australia but is currently in Victoria. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 902 confirmed cases in total
  • 895 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,705,268 total vaccine doses administered
  • 67.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 49.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,415 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 353: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Queensland border update
From 5.32pm 29 September 2021, anyone arriving in SA who has been in City of Brisbane, City of Gold Coast, Moreton Bay Regional Council or Logan City Council in the last 14 days (but not before 17 September) must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until a negative result is received.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after arrival.
  • not attend a COVID Management Planevent for 14 days after arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted.

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 901 confirmed cases in total
  • 894 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,687,128 total vaccine doses administered
  • 2% received first dose (16+)
  • 49% received second dose (16+)
  • 5,741 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 352: Tuesday 28 September 2021

Queensland exposure locations 

A number of COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland associated with positive cases of COVID-19.

Anyone who visited any of the Queensland exposure locations, should quarantine immediately, get a COVID-19 test and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at this location.

Find more information and complete the form at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 901 confirmed cases in total
  • 894 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,669,530 total vaccine doses administered
  • 66.7% received first dose (16+)
  • 48.4% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,331 tests yesterday
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 351: Monday 27 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is now available in SA. The vaccine has been approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and is available at participating pharmacies for anyone aged 12 and over.

Moderna is being used successfully in the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union, the United States and Singapore.

To find a participating pharmacy, visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.

COVID-19 case update
There was one new case of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The case was a woman in her 40s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 901 confirmed cases in total
  • 894 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,652,188 total vaccine doses administered
  • 1% received first dose (16+)
  • 8% received second dose (16+)
  • 3,537 tests yesterday
  • 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.

September 14 - Important information for RACF - Updated fact sheet - RACF Emergency Management Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, from 17 September 2021, residential aged care workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and have evidence of a booking to receive, or have received, a second dose.

The fact sheet “Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities – RACF Emergency Management Direction” has been updated. The fact sheet outlines the requirements around mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers and provides clarification about exemptions (more information below).

Exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement are limited to the below circumstances:

Medical exemption

  • The RACF must be provided with a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person has a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The medical certificate must include whether the exemption is required on either a permanent or temporary basis.
  • AHPPC recommends that medical exemptions should be in line with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine in Australia in 2021

Pregnancy

  • The RACF must be provided with a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person is pregnant.
  • Note: Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss vaccination and timing with their health professional. On 9 June 2021, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and ATAGI released a joint statement recommending that pregnant women are routinely offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy due to the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

 Temporary exemption granted by an authorised officer for one of the following reasons:

  • the person is not reasonably able to access a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September 2021
  • the person’s work or duties at a RACF is necessary to provide for specialist clinical care of a resident; or
  • the person’s work or duties at a RACF is necessary to ensure maintenance of the quality of care available to residents.

Requests for temporary exemptions (not medical exemptions or pregnancy) must be made in writing to the Department for Health and Wellbeing via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

Applications should be submitted by the RACF or the person’s employer. All applications must include contact details of the applicant and any information relevant to the exemption request, including why that person’s work or duties are necessary to provide for specialist clinical care of a resident or to ensure maintenance of the quality of care available to residents.

Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of an authorised officer, for a maximum period of 4 weeks. For example, a temporary exemption may be given where it has been necessary to deploy staff at short notice to ensure continuation of quality of care at a RACF or to ensure the provision of specialist clinical care in rural settings.

Temporary exemptions may be granted, subject to the following conditions:

  • The unvaccinated person must continue to wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other persons on the premises of the RACF.
  • The unvaccinated person must have weekly COVID-19 tests during the period of the temporary exemption and provide the RACF with evidence of a negative test result.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing will provide the RACF with written advice (via email) about whether or not the temporary exemption has been granted by an authorised officer. Requests for exemptions on other grounds will not be considered.

The updated fact sheet is attached and will be available online shortly.

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.

September 14 - Mandatory COVID Vaccination - Information for Residential Aged Care providers - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Action required – Update your data on My Aged Care today

All providers are required to ensure their workforce COVID-19 vaccination and exemption data is updated today via My Aged Care.

It is critical providers are keeping their data via My Aged Care as up to date as possible prior to 17 September.

From 17 September onwards, the data you report will be used to assess your compliance with mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination requirements as outlined in the relevant public health orders in your state or territory.

FAQs on exemptions to mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination in residential aged care

A fact sheet addressing some of the most common questions around exemptions is now available on the department’s website.

The fact sheet covers:

  • The difference between an exemption and an exception
  • How to report exemptions in My Aged Care
  • What constitutes a permanent medical exemption versus a temporary medical exemption
  • Exemptions and pregnancy
  • Exemptions and exceptions related to accessing a vaccine
  • Exemptions and exceptions related to staffing levels
  • Exemptions specific to a State or Territory public health order
  • Evidence required to prove an exemption
  • Record keeping in relation to exemptions

With the deadline for mandatory vaccination now just a few days away, it is critical that providers, facility managers and IPC leads understand the requirements for accepting, recording and reporting vaccination information accurately.

Reporting vaccination information in My Aged Care when you have multiple outlet IDs at one site

Providers that have multiple My Aged Care outlets co-located at one residential aged care site and operate as one service are requested to use one outlet ID for reporting their worker and resident vaccination information in My Aged Care.

To drive consistency in the My Aged Care data, it is crucial that those providers operating multiple My Aged Care outlets from one residential aged care site are reporting the same way.

If you operate multiple My Aged Care outlets from one site, but the facility operates substantially as one, please choose one outlet ID to report against, and report “zero” against the other co-located IDs. Please do not duplicate your reported information for each co-located outlet. Conversely, where possible, please do not split your workers and residents across the co-located outlet IDs, unless the sites are operating completely independently, as different facilities.

Recording all workers and residents against a single outlet ID will ensure we have an accurate view of vaccine need, and ensure that public reporting of vaccination rates is accurate.

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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 342: Monday 13 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds and people aged over 60
From today, children aged 12 to 15 and people aged over 60 will be able to book a Pfizer appointment at SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

All SA Health clinics will offer vaccines to children 12 to 15 years, except for the pop-up clinics at Adelaide Myer Centre and Pooraka.

People who already have an existing booking for their first dose of AstraZeneca at an SA Health vaccination clinic, should not cancel their appointment. They will have the option to have Pfizer or AstraZeneca at their appointment.

Appointments are in high demand, and more will be added as more vaccine becomes available.

Bookings can be  made online via the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

Year 11 and 12 student COVID-19 vaccination
Year 11 and 12 students can get priority access for COVID-19 vaccination at SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics during September. This will allow them to be fully vaccinated before they finish school.

Year 11 or 12 can get walk-in at the following SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics without an appointment by showing your student ID:

  • Wayville (before 3.30pm)
  • Elizabeth
  • Enfield
  • Noarlunga
  • Port Augusta
  • Whyalla
  • Port Lincoln
  • Victor Harbor (call before attending 0468 576 150)
  • Mount Barker (call before attending 0468 576 150)
  • Gawler (call before attending 0468 576 150)

They can also book an appointment at any GP or SA Health vaccination clinic.

South Australian exposure locations
SA Health has identified new COVID-19 exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended an exposure location must follow the relevant health advice.

For the full list of exposure location and public health advice, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Queensland border update
Quarantine and testing requirements have been introduced for travellers arriving in South Australia from the City of Brisbane LGA and Logan City LGA.

For more information about quarantine and testing, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

COVID-19 case update
There is one new case of COVID-19 reported today. The case is a woman in her 20s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

There were three cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The cases are a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s who acquired their infections overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival and a man in his 20s who acquired his infection interstate and has been in quarantine since his arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 895 confirmed cases in total
  • 880 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,439,865 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4,144 tests yesterday
  • 2,166,318 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 341: Friday 10 September 2021

Cross Border Travel Direction update 
The Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction has been updated with changes to requirements for commercial transport and freight workers. 

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

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Southern Adelaide

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) COVID-19 Vaccination Mobile Clinic will be visiting the below locations over the next few weeks. People 16 years and over can book now.

Wardli Youth Centre, Christie Downs 
Date: Wednesday 15 September 
Time: 2-6pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/2X4JTs2

Marion Cultural Centre
Date: Monday 20 September
Time:10am-3:30pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/2X9Gxo3

Hackham West Community Centre
Date: Wednesday 22 September
Time:1-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/3l7VCyx

Hackham West Community Centre
Date: Thursday 23 September
Time:10:30am-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/3yXT3UP

Christie Downs Community House
Date: Friday 24 September
Time: 12:30pm-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/3yRwu3W

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 891 confirmed cases in total
  • 880 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,406,038 total vaccine doses administered 
  • 5,021 tests yesterday
  • 2,152,397 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.

September 9 - What residential aged care providers and workers need to know about mandatory COVID 19 vaccination - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Currently 89 per cent of residential aged care workers are reported by providers as having received a first dose COVID‑19 vaccine, of which 68 per cent are reported as being fully vaccinated.

Next Friday, 17 September 2021, it becomes mandatory under state and territory public health orders for residential aged care workers to have received at least a first dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

All residential aged care workers should provide evidence of their COVID‑19 vaccination, or authorised exemption to a vaccination, to their employer before 17 September 2021.

Providers should also keep a record of workers’ vaccination status, in line with the direction set out in the relevant state or territory public health order.

All residential aged care providers are required now to report on the number of workers with an authorised exemption as part of your weekly reporting via My Aged Care, and are strongly encouraged to keep your workforce vaccination data up to date on a daily basis in the lead up to 17 September.

Where can I find the Public Health Order for my State or Territory?

Public Health Orders (PHOs) for all States and Territories can be found online at the Mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination in residential aged care page on the department’s website.

Public Health Orders (or Directions) explain how the vaccination mandate will apply to residential aged care providers in your state or territory.

All providers and workers are encouraged to review the public health order relevant to their jurisdiction to understand the scope of mandatory vaccination as well as the limited exemptions that may apply.

All providers should now be confirming with their workforce whether they have received their minimum first dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

All workers should now be providing evidence to their employer of their vaccination status.

Do workers need to provide evidence of their vaccination status?

Yes. Workers should provide evidence of their COVID‑19 vaccination status, or of an authorised exemption to vaccination, to their employer before 17 September.

There are two ways workers can provide evidence of their vaccination status:

  • Immunisation History Statement – this displays all vaccinations or medical contraindications and authorised exemptions, including COVID‑19, that have been reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). All vaccine providers must upload vaccinations to the AIR.
  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate – this is for individuals who have received all required doses of a COVID‑19 vaccine in Australia.

You can access your Immunisation History Statement:

  • online, by setting up your own myGov account and then accessing your Medicare online account; or
  • through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app; or
  • by calling the Australian Immunisation Register enquiries line on 1800 653 809 (8am-5pm, Monday to Friday AEST) and asking them to send your statement to you. Please allow up to 14 days to receive your statement in the post; or
  • by asking your doctor or vaccination provider to print a copy of your statement for you.

People do not need to have a Medicare card to be able to access their Immunisation History Statement.

A fact sheet is available for all residential aged care workers on how to prove their COVID‑19 vaccination status, including step by step guides on how to create a myGov account – How residential aged care workers can prove your COVID-19 vaccination status to your employer.

What if a worker’s vaccination status is not appearing on their Immunisation History Statement?

Some workers may be unable to produce their Immunisation History Statement if they were only vaccinated in the days leading up to the 17 September deadline. This could be because the vaccine provider has not uploaded the person’s vaccination record to the Australian Immunisation Register.

If your workforce was vaccinated on site by a Commonwealth vaccine provider, and a worker’s vaccination status is not yet appearing on their Immunisation History Statement, please email the Department at VAS.contracts.COVID-19@health.gov.au and we will follow up immediately with the vaccine provider. You will need to provide the individual’s full name, Medicare number and date of vaccination at your facility.

If a worker was vaccinated at an alternate site, such as a GP or state and territory run clinic, providers should assist their workers in contacting the vaccine provider and requesting the vaccination record be uploaded to their Immunisation History Statement.

What if a worker can’t provide their Immunisation History Statement by 17 September?

If a worker is unable to get a copy of their Immunisation History Statement prior to 17 September, they should:

  • advise their employer where and when they received their first dose COVID‑19 vaccination, and
  • provide alternate evidence such as proof of their vaccination appointment or a signed declaration that they have received a minimum first dose.

Workers must then provide a copy of their Immunisation History Statement, or show their COVID‑19 Digital Certificate as soon as possible.

Providers should record the worker as being vaccinated but is responsible for following up to ensure the worker provides the required proof of vaccination.

What if a worker cannot get vaccinated before the 17 September deadline?

Your state or territory Public Health Order will provide direction on whether or not the worker will qualify for a temporary exemption due to an inability to access a COVID-19 vaccine before the 17 September deadline.

Any exemption will need to be provided by your State or Territory’s health authority. The worker may be required to provide evidence before 17 September of an appointment to get vaccinated.

All residential aged workers currently have priority access to receive a Pfizer vaccination across all available channels. This includes on-site clinics, dedicated hubs in your community, primary care clinics and state and territory run clinics.

Workers are encouraged to seek the support of their employer to receive their vaccine now. All providers must support their workers to access a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Providers are requested to contact their local Primary Health Network as quickly as possible if you need help in assisting your workers to access a vaccine appointment.

What do workers need to take to their vaccination appointment?

Residential aged care workers can confirm their eligibility for priority vaccination by providing the following documents:

  • proof of identity (e.g. driver’s licence, passport, birth certificate) and
  • proof of employment (e.g. one of the following)
    • letter from your employer confirming you have priority access
    • current work ID card or payslip confirming you are currently employed at a residential aged care facility, and
    • Medicare card, if you have one.

What do I need to know about exemptions to mandatory vaccination?

In a very narrow set of circumstances, a temporary exemption may apply if an aged care worker can demonstrate every effort to access a vaccination by 17 September 2021 but is unable to due to supply or access limitations.

This will be a matter for individual states and territories, including determining the process for applying for and approving exemptions based on the relevant processes and decision-making bodies in each jurisdiction. We will publish more information on the department’s website as it becomes available.

In these cases, the Commonwealth should be made aware of the application of these exemptions and will utilise existing channels to ensure vaccination as quickly as possible. Once this occurs, the exemption should be revoked.

The AHPPC recommended medical exemptions to align with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) clinical guidance on COVID‑19 vaccine in Australia in 2021.

All temporary and permanent medical exemptions must be authorised by a medical practitioner.

None of the public health directions released to date have allowed exemptions on religious, political or personal grounds.

As employers, residential aged care providers should carefully consider the formal public health orders and directions applicable to them in each of the relevant states and territories that their facilities operate.

While individuals are personally responsible for complying with the mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination requirements, providers must also take reasonable steps to ensure non-compliant workers do not enter and remain at their facility.

Providers should undertake a case-by-case assessment to take into account its workplace, its workers and the nature of the work they perform. Providers are encouraged to review information on the Fair Work Australia website which steps out COVID‑19 vaccinations, workplace rights and obligations.

How can a worker prove they have an authorised exemption to COVID‑19 vaccination?

There are only limited exemptions to receiving a COVID‑19 vaccination if you work in residential aged care. For more information visit your state or territory department of health website to understand what exemption documentation is required.

Each state or territory public health order on COVID‑19 mandatory vaccination in residential aged care will provide direction on what exemptions may be considered. The public health order will also provide direction on the evidence workers must provide to their employer as proof of an authorised exemption to a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Authorised Medical practitioners (including General Practitioners) can notify the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) of an individual who has a vaccine exemption due to medical contraindications or natural immunity which will be displayed on an individual’s Immunisation History Statement (IHS). This includes permanent vaccine exemption or temporary vaccine exemption until a specified date due to acute major illness, significant immunocompromise of short duration and pregnancy.

Top 3 residential aged care worker questions – video

Professor Michael Kidd AM, the Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer answers the top 3 questions asked by residential aged care workers.

These include:

  1. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
  2. Can you get a COVID-19 vaccine without a Medicare Card?
  3. What are the vaccine exemptions for residential aged care workers?

Please share the video with your workforce and networks.

Resources for workers:

Resources for providers and facility managers and IPC leads:

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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 340: Thursday 9 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommend mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.

Those who are pregnant and their unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 than non-pregnant people:

  • 5 times higher risk of requiring a hospital admission.
  • 2-3 times higher risk of needing treatment in a hospital intensive care unit.
  • 5 times higher chance of being born preterm or admission to a special care nursery.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccineandpregnancy.

COVID-19 case update

There are two new cases of COVID-19 today, reported from a medi-hotel. 
Today’s cases are a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s who both acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 891 confirmed cases in total
  • 879 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,387,462 total vaccine doses administered 
  • 5,537 tests yesterday
  • 2,147,376 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 338: Wednesday 8 September 2021

Activities Direction update

From 12.01am 9 September 2021, a new Activities Direction will come into effect. Changes include:

  • Private activity capacity has increased from 50 people to 150 people.
  • If more than 50 people are present at the private activity the following applies;
    • Restrictions on dancing and singing
    • Approved contact tracing system and records
    • COVID Marshal (independent and not impaired by alcohol or drugs).

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine information session for multicultural communities 

Hosted by Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease, learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at one of SA Health’s upcoming information sessions for multicultural communities:

When: Tuesday 21 September 2021

Where: Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street Hindmarsh

Time: 2.00-3.30pm or 6.00-7.30pm

For more information or to register visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmulticultural

COVID-19 case update

There is one new historical case of COVID-19 today, reported from a medi-hotel. Today’s case is a child who acquired their infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. The case is not active but has been included in our case numbers as it has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 6 active COVID-19 cases
  • 889 confirmed cases in total
  • 879 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,351,041 total vaccine doses administered 
  • 7,146 tests yesterday
  • 2,141,839 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.

September 8 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

Keep South Australia COVID safe

There is a very high risk of COVID-19 in the community due to the outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria. Practising COVID safe behaviours is as important as ever.

Testing

If you begin to feel unwell, visit a testing centre immediately. Avoid contact with others by staying at home until you are feeling well again.

It is important to get tested when you are sick, even if you have mild symptoms, so we can find any cases of COVID-19 in the community early and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Pop-up testing clinics are available in locations in metropolitan and regional South Australia.

SA Health has launched a new campaign to encourage all South Australians with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. Click here to view and download campaign materials to share.

We have also translated fact sheets about COVID-19 testing, available at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtranslated.

Masks

Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask in the correct way. Make sure your mask fits securely around your face, covering both your mouth and your nose. Encourage others to wear their mask correctly too. Some people do not need wear a mask for medical reasons. You can learn more about masks at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks.

COVID SAfe check-in

Using QR Codes to check in helps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

QR codes are now available on all public transport (buses, trains and trams) and point-to-point services (taxis, ride share).

Each business and event with a COVID Safe Plan is required to display  QR Code, and visitors/guests must check in using the free mySA GOV app.

COVID-19 vaccine information sessions: Tuesday 21 September

Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease from SA Health are holding a community information session with important information about COVID-19 vaccines. To register yourself, or other people, click on the below session you would like to attend. Please register by Monday 20 September.

Tuesday 21 September

Afternoon session

2pm – 3.30pm

 

Evening session

6pm – 7.30pm

 

SA COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has identified new COVID-19 exposure locations in regional South Australia, linked to interstate truck drivers.

Please check the website to see if you have been to any of the COVID-19 exposure locations and follow the public health actions required.

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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 338: Monday 6 September 2021

SA COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19 interstate.

For more information and a list of testing sites visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 Testing Campaign

There is a higher risk of COVID-19 entering South Australia due to the current outbreaks interstate. Maintaining high rates of testing is essential to identifying any potential cases of COVID-19 in the community early to stop the spread of COVID-19.

SA Health has launched new campaign materials that encourage all South Australians with symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, to get tested.

Click here to view and download campaign materials, including posters and email signature block.

Forum on COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) and Robinson Research Institute is presenting a forum on COVID Vaccination in Children and Young People on Tuesday 21 September at the University of Adelaide. 

Expert speakers will present on evidence based research around recommendations for children globally, disease burden from COVID-19 in children, SA analysis around vaccine uptake, clinical trials of COVID in children and adolescents and the proposed rollout in South Australia.

More information and to register is available here.

COVID-19 case update

Today’s case is a woman in her 20s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival. The case is considered a historical infection and has been added to South Australia’s case numbers as it has not been counted overseas.

Over the weekend, there were four cases reported. The cases were a woman in her 50s, a man in his 30s and a boy and girl, both under 10. All four cases acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 882 confirmed cases in total
  • 871 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,336,759 total vaccine doses administered
  • 3,853 tests yesterday
  • 2,129,826 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.

September 6 - Important information for RACF - EOI sought for COVID-19 Infection Control Link Nurse Training Program from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

SA Health is committed to supporting the aged care sector in the prevention, preparation, management and recovery stages of responding to COVID-19 situations in South Australia.

Last year, all South Australian RACF were invited to send a representative to attend Infection Control (IC) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donning and Doffing Training provided by SA Health’s Infection Control Services. The practical session is available to view online and may be used in conjunction with the Training Tool for the Correct Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Residential Aged Care Facilities.

This training supplemented the mandatory Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers online training module, which is required to be completed by all employees and contractors who provide nursing care or personal care to residents in a residential aged care facility. This online training is being reviewed and updated and more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

To further assist RACF with their outbreak preparedness activities, Office for Ageing Well invites expressions of interest from RACF to attend a free 5-day COVID-19 Infection Control Link Nurse (CICLN) training program, provided by Infection Control Services (ICS), Communicable Disease Control Branch, Department for Health and Wellbeing. The program comprises 2 days of face-to-face training (Mon-Tues) in Adelaide’s CBD and 3 days of blended delivery (MS Teams and self-directed eLearning activities) (Wed-Fri).

The 1 week training program covers:

  • Infection prevention and control in the context of COVID-19
  • Infection control risk assessment
  • Outbreak response
  • PPE and PFR fit testing
  • COVID-19 swab collection and vaccinations

* Please note, there is very limited availability for this training. More sessions may be run in the future. Please nominate only one representative in your expression of interest. *

Expressions of interest should be emailed to officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au by COB Friday 17 September and include:

  • Name of RACF
  • Name and role of person who would be undertaking the training program
  • Confirmation that the person can attend 2 days face-to-face in Adelaide CBD plus 3 days online
  • Preference for date:
  • 18 -22 October 2021
  • 22 – 26 November 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 337: Friday 3 September 2021

COVID-19 testing site update
The Port Wakefield COVID-19 testing station will open from 9am to 4pm daily until Tuesday 14 September. 

For more information and other testing options, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

Interstate exposure locations
A number of new COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland and Western Australia. Anyone who has visited any of the locations at the date and times should quarantine and get a COVID-19 test immediately and complete the online form to notify SA Health.

For more information or to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

COVID-19 case update
Today’s cases are a man in his 30s and a child who acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Of these, one is a historical case and not considered active. 

Two interstate acquired cases reported yesterday have returned to NSW and are no longer in South Australia. Therefore, a decision has now been made that they are no longer counted as active cases in SA. 

A woman in her 40s who was transferred from Broken Hill remains at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition. Her case has been counted in NSW and is no longer classified as an active case. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 877 confirmed cases in total
  • 870 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,302,917 total vaccine doses administered
  • 6,676 tests yesterday
  • 2,114,297 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.

September 3 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Update your My Aged Care Workforce Vaccination data now

Nationally, 83% of residential aged care workers are reported by providers as having received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, of those 62% are fully vaccinated.

212 aged care facilities report 100% of their workers have received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine. A further 909 facilities report that 90 – 100% of their workforce have received a first dose.

197 services report less than 60% of workers having received a first dose.

You are strongly urged to ensure your reporting is accurate and counts all currently engaged workers only. A fact sheet has been provided to all providers and facilities and will shortly be available on the website.

Please keep your data updated on a daily basis via My Aged Care as the 17 September deadline for mandatory vaccination approaches.

The data available publicly on the interactive map is as provided by you and the map is updated by 5pm each weekday.

Know your relevant Public Health Order

All residential aged care providers and facility management are responsible for knowing their obligations under the state or territory public health order on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination as it applies to you and your workforce.

All states and territories excluding Victoria have now released their public health orders, which are available on the department’s website.

The Victorian Department of Health has notified providers they need to ensure workers are vaccinated by 16 September 2021. The scope of mandatory vaccination for Victorian workers is expected to adhere to the AHPPC framework therefore workers should be strongly encouraged to get their first dose COVID-19 vaccination now.

You are strongly encouraged to view your respective state or territory health department websites for further information and guidance on compliance requirements, required evidence by workers on first dose vaccination or exemption to vaccination, as directed under the relevant public health order.

Take action now if access to a vaccine is an issue 

We are working with each facility to ensure plans are in place, and to provide support where needed, to ensure every worker has access to vaccination prior to 17 September.

If you have any workers who are unable to access a COVID-19 vaccine please urgently contact your Primary Health Network or Commonwealth State Office Manager.

Pfizer is available to residential aged care workers regardless of age. This includes workers who do not have a Medicare card.

Workers can get priority access to a Pfizer vaccine at:

  • On site clinics. These clinics are being delivered in RACFs by Commonwealth Vaccine providers, residential aged care providers or by primary care providers such as GPs.
  • Dedicated Pfizer vaccination hubs for residential aged care and disability workers only.
  • Primary Care sites, including GPs, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service, and
  • State and territory vaccination clinics.

All facilities have received the details on all the vaccination channels available to their workers.

All primary care and state or territory vaccination channels have been requested to prioritise access for residential aged care workers, and to offer an appointment within seven (7) days.

If workers have questions or need help to book an appointment, they can call the dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080 and select option 4.

No fault COVID-19 indemnity scheme

The Australian Government has finalised the details of the no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme following extensive consultation to ensure a comprehensive National Scheme.

The Scheme will provide Australians with quick access to compensation for COVID-19 claims related to the administration of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine delivered through a Commonwealth Government approved program.

The Scheme will be administered by Services Australia and will provide Australians with a single front door to a simple and quick administrative process for compensation. The TGA will provide guidance on recognised adverse reactions as part of their established surveillance program.

From 6 September Australians who suffer injury and loss of income due to their COVID-19 vaccine will be able to register their intent to claim from the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme webpage.

The Scheme will cover the costs of injuries above $5,000 due to a proven adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccination. Claims will be assessed by independent experts, and compensation paid based on the recommendations.

The cost of compensation payments under this Scheme will be fully funded by the Commonwealth and is designed to help the small number of people who unfortunately experience a moderate to significant adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Scheme will be backdated to February 2021.

Mandatory vaccination for ACQSC field staff

The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s vaccination policy requires all field staff, including quality assessors, to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu where it is available (unless medically exempt). The Commission is updating this policy to include COVID-19.

In correspondence to approved providers on 16 August, Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM stated “as a further protection for aged care consumers and staff, the Commission is introducing the same requirement”  – for all field staff to at a minimum, a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September.

Key resources to support your workers

  • Webinar series for residential aged care workers on COVID-19 mandatory vaccination – the department has held jurisdiction-specific webinars for workers in SA, TAS, NSW, QLD, ACT and NT, and VIC will be held next week. The webinars are recorded and links to the webinars will be provided to you to share with your workers as soon as possible.
  • A fact sheet is available for workers on the safety of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Pregnant women are advised to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19 is higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.
  • COVID-19 vaccines – Is it true? is available for workers providing accurate, evidence-based answers to questions about COVId-19 vaccines to share with your workforce.

Grief and trauma support in aged care: Promotional tools and translated resources including Indigenous designed content

As part of the Aged Care COVID-19 grief and trauma response package, the Government has funded expert organisations to provide free grief, trauma, dementia and advocacy support for those living, working and caring for people in the aged care sector.

This support is intended to support aged care residents, home care recipients, their loved ones, friends, families, community visitors and aged care staff during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help you share information about the free supports in your organisations, and in your communities, the following resources are available for your use. Please share the information, so that people in your community who need help can get help.

You can download and print the resources, or order in print using the resources order form. Please send the order form directly to the printers, and they will send all of the printed resources below to you at no cost.

Information to raise awareness of the supports in your organisations and communities:

Social media images (tiles) and content for you to share on your social media pages

There are multiple images for each provider/service targeted at the various audiences: aged care residents, home care recipients, families and loved ones, aged care staff, and ‘generic’

There is accompanying text that has been drafted for you to share with the images on your platforms. There is suggested content available for Facebook, LinkedIn, and twitter.

Trauma fact sheets (available across 8 languages – English, Chinese Simp, Chinese Trad, Arabic, Hindi, Filipino, Italian, Greek).

Including understating trauma, impacts of trauma, trauma loss and grief, self-care, supporting others, understanding trauma and dementia, trauma and Veterans. Targeted at:

  • older people, their families and loved ones
  • families and loved ones
  • aged care staff.

Download from the Phoenix Australia Trauma & Aged Care Support and Information hub, or order in print at no cost using the resources order form.

Grief fact sheets (available in 6 languages – English, Chinese Simp, Chinese Trad, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek)

  • What is grief?
  • Non-death grief and loss
  • Ageing and Self compassion
  • Resilience and aged care
  • Older Australians – when grief won’t heal
  • Uncertainty and aged care
  • Grief and aged care Managers
  • Self-Care for workers.

Download from the Aged Care Grief and Bereavement Support website, or order in print at no cost using the resources order form.

Newsletter content
We have newsletter content available for your use – which can work as website content or be shared as a short/long piece in your own editorials.

For more information, email ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au

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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 336: Thursday 2 September 2021

Interstate exposure locations
A number of new COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland. 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 or to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

Cross Border Travel Direction update 
From 3.05pm 2 September 2021, a new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction came into effect which includes changes to requirements for commercial transport and freight workers. 

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

COVID-19 testing site update
The Repat (Daw Park) COVID-19 drive-through testing site entrance is moving. From tomorrow Friday 3 September, entry will be via Francis Street, Daw Park (entry to Francis St is from Daws Road).

To book a COVID-19 test, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

COVID-19 case update
There have been four new cases reported today. Two of the cases were announced late yesterday afternoon and include a man in his 30s and a man in his 20s who acquired their infections interstate. The two truck drivers spent time in the community in SA while infections. Both cases have since returned to New South Wales. 

A further two cases, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 40s, who acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Of these, one is a historical case and is not considered active.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 875 confirmed cases in total
  • 866 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,284,780 total vaccine doses administered
  • 6,272 tests yesterday
  • 2,107,621 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 335: Wednesday 1 September 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified additional exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19 interstate. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 871 confirmed cases in total
  • 864 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,267,807 total vaccine doses administered
  • 7,349 tests yesterday
  • 2,101,349 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.

September 1 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

SA COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has identified COVID-19 exposure locations in regional South Australia, linked to interstate truck drivers.

Please check the website to see if you have been to any of the COVID-19 exposure locations and follow the public health actions required: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Reminder: COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

All South Australians aged 16 and over are eligible to book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccines:

  • The Pfizer vaccine is available for everyone 16 to 59 years of age.
  • Some children aged 12 to 15 years are eligible to get vaccinated if they meet the criteria.
  • All other children aged 12-15 years will become eligible to get vaccinated in coming weeks.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for all people aged 18 years and over. To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, people will need to make an informed decision by speaking with the vaccination provider at their appointment.
  • People aged 60 years and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine mobile clinics update

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) COVID-19 Vaccination Mobile Clinic will be visiting community centres in the southern suburbs over the coming weeks to ensure vaccinations are accessible to everyone. Anyone 16+ can book into one of these sessions:

Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr
Thursday 2 September 10am-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/38edVfw

Christie Downs Community House, Corner Flaxmill Rd & Morton Rd
Friday 3 September 12pm-3.30pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/38ihQry 

More mobile clinics are being planned across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

COVID-19 vaccine information sessions: Tuesday 21 September

Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease from SA Health are holding an online community information session about COVID-19 vaccines. To register yourself, or other people, click on the below session you would like to attend. Please register by Monday 20 September.

Tuesday 21 September

Afternoon session

2pm – 3.30pm

 

Evening session

6pm – 7.30pm

Border restrictions 

For the latest information on interstate travel restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements, please visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate

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.

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.

National webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccinations in residential aged care – A recording of the live webinar on the COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care, held on 3 November 2021, is now available on the Department’s website.

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.

3 COVID-19 Questions – Translated into community languages for South Australia – Multicultural Aged Care

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.