On the 18th Of March Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that it would be mandatory for staff and visitors of aged care facilities to receive a flu vaccine by the 1st of May 2020.
Subsequent to this announcement that AVN emailed the Prime Minister and Health Minister Greg Hunt a list of questions about this announcement.
These are the questions that we asked:
On Monday 30th March we received this reply from the office of Aged Care Minister Colbeck.
Read the original PDF here: Letter from Department Of Health
Or see screen shots below:
We will be following up with the Aged Care Minister for further clarification on some of the matters raised.
The AVN is currently being inundated with messages from Aged Care Workers who do not want to receive the flu vaccination, but do not want to lose their job.
We advise that those people should seek their own legal advice. The AVN is currently seeking legal advice but sadly the news on that front is not looking positive.
The AVN is currently putting together some template letters that can be sent to employers.
We will update everyone as we learn more.
If you are in Victoria, please email [email protected] to connect with other health professionals in that state. There is power in numbers.
~ by Aneeta Hafemeister, AVN President