New Covid-19 vaccine resources to support aged care workers

The national Covid-19 vaccination program for residents in aged care facilities is nearly complete, and the focus is now shifting to aged care workers.

The Federal Department of Health has advised that aged care workers are able to get their Covid-19 vaccination now, in line with medical advice. Aged care workers under 50 years will be offered a Pfizer vaccine and those aged 50 and over an AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Covid-19 eligibility checker provides information on available vaccine clinics in different regions.

This includes general practices, state and territory vaccination clinics and Commonwealth vaccination clinics (GP respiratory clinics). In some cases, aged care workers aged under 50 can access a Pfizer vaccine at dedicated clinics, currently only available in Sydney.

A suite of resources, including factsheets and posters, including in 20 languages, is available for councils to download and promote.

The department is also encouraging local governments to share a video, available at Covid-19 vaccine rollout to aged care and disability care workers in Australia – YouTube, on social channels.

The video explains how aged care workers can access a vaccine and why it is so important.