2021 Influenza Vaccination

Last Update 27 April 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 residents, visitors* and all staff entering the facility.

 

QUEENSLAND

 

Effective from 30 May 2021 anyone entering a Queensland residential aged care facility needs to be vaccinated against influenza. This direction from Queensland Health applies to visitors*, staff, health practitioners, contractors and volunteers.

Influenza season is generally during the winter months, however outbreaks can and do occur outside the season, particularly in tropical Queensland.

Please check the Queensland Government’s advice in influenza in aged care facilities for more information.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

Effective from 1 June 2021 anyone entering a South Australian residential aged care facility needs to be vaccinated against influenza. This direction from South Australian Health applies to visitors*, staff, health practitioners, contractors and volunteers.

Please check the South Australian Government’s advice on influenza vaccination for more information.

NEW SOUTH WALES

 

No information received as of 20 April 2021.

VICTORIA

 

No information received as of 20 April 2021.

TASMANIA

 

No information received as of 20 April 2021.

*Visitors are classified as anyone entering a Home who is not a resident including, and not limited to:

 

  • family members of residents
  • health practitioners
  • volunteers
  • hairdressers
  • entertainers
  • cleaners
  • tradesman
  • gardeners
  • maintenance staff