Prioritise health workers including aged care

Release date: 28 Oct 2021

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the rollout of vaccine boosters must prioritise those working with the most vulnerable, including those who care for older Australians. 

"Aged care workers must be at the front of the queue with residents. To make this a reality staff who need boosters should be offered them by the same teams who visit homes for residents,” ACSA CEO Paul Sadler said.

“In the initial rollout workers were promised priority but then left to navigate the system like the general population. 

“For that reason, many workers received their vaccinations later than residents.

“The messaging about vaccines and eligibility is already confusing. We need to make it clear, easy and fast to give aged care the best protection possible from the virus when it is certain to be circulating in the community.

"We are concerned that a whole-of-population rollout might mean our workers end up behind when they should be in front,” Mr Sadler said.

Media contact: Zerene Catacutan, 0422 815 248


As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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