Residential aged care facilities
Whilst the current Commonwealth government has not made it clear whether they will mandate flu vaccinations in aged care in 2022, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have all introduced new mandates to varying degrees in respect of residents, visitors, employees and volunteers in residential aged care facilities. Other States and Territories have not elected to introduce mandates at this stage, but many recommend up to date flu vaccinations for people attending facilities.
This follows the Australia Health Protection Principal Committee’s ‘Statement on winter season preparedness’ which noted:
1. all residents are strongly recommended to receive an influenza vaccination,
2. aged care workers are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against influenza; and
3. visitors are strongly recommended to receive an influenza vaccine.