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Vaccines should be mandatory for people visiting the vulnerable

Release date: 28 Oct 2021

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) says it is strange that the Victorian Government has not made vaccination compulsory for people visiting aged care homes and urged it to reconsider the position urgently.

“Aged care homes are the frontline of the pandemic. This is our most vulnerable group of people. Everyone who visits aged care should bring the protection of a vaccine with them,” ACSA CEO Paul Sadler said.

“It’s bizarre that people need to have a vaccine to have a haircut, but not to visit a vulnerable population of older Australians in aged care. The government must rethink this decision as soon as possible.

“We recognise that there are legitimate exemptions for medical reasons or where children cannot be vaccinated. 

“The decision is contrary to what is occurring in NSW and we will be urging all states to require vaccination for aged care visits as the borders start to open. Covid-19 virus is, and will be, circulating in the community.” Mr Sadler said.

ACSA is working with provider and consumer peak bodies to revise the Industry Code for Visitation to Residential Aged Care Homes to support safe visitation by families and friends.

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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