2021 Influenza Vaccination
Last Update 19 July 2021
Influenza (the Flu) is a serious issue in residential care facilities both because of the vulnerability of residents and the environment of communal living which facilitates the spread of respiratory viruses.
For the safety of your loved one, of you and our staff, it is our policy that all Japara staff and volunteers are required to be flu vaccinated by 30 June 2021.
You can find out below if your State Government has mandated 2021 flu vaccinations as a visitor* to one of our Homes.
Influenza is not the same illness as COVID-19
There are separate vaccines available to protect individuals against the flu and COVID-19.
Both vaccinations are recommended for residents, visitors and staff entering residential facilities.
Health advice recommends the minimum interval between a seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccination available in Australia is 14 days.
You can find more information on the COVID-19 vaccination and if it’s right for you here.
Homes need to record COVID-19 and Flu vaccination evidence of any person entering the facility.
Queensland Health Authorities mandated that from 30 May 2021 anyone entering a Queensland Residential Aged Care Facility needs to be vaccinated against influenza.
Please check the Queensland Government’s advice in influenza in aged care facilities for more information.
Effective from 1 June 2021 anyone entering a South Australian residential aged care facility needs to be vaccinated against influenza.
Please check the South Australian Government’s advice on influenza vaccination for more information.
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW Health Authorities advise visitors and staff should have the flu vaccination but is not mandated.
Victorian Health Authorities recommend flu vaccination but is not mandated.
Tasmanian Health Authorities recommend flu vaccination but is not mandated.