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Aged care flu vaccine mandates remain in force in most states and territories

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Source: Herald Sun – Kathy Watson-Jones was left paralysed by a mandatory flu vaccine

Update as at 28 February 2021

Three states, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia do not currently require influenza vaccination to enter aged care facilities.

In the case of South Australia, the directions were recently changed to include a requirement for people entering residential aged care facilities to be vaccinated with the 2021 influenza vaccine by 01 June 2021.  This means that for the next three months, visitors to these facilities, and employees, do not need to have received either the 2020 or 2021 influenza vaccine.

The flu vaccine mandates remain in force in the other five states and territories.  A link to all current state and territory directions have been provided below.


Aged Care Direction (No. 24)


Care Facilities Directions (No 22)

South Australia

Residential Aged Care Facilities No 32 (COVID-19) Direction

New South Wales

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 4) 2020


DIRECTION UNDER SECTION 16 (Residential Aged Care Facilities – No. 10)

Western Australia


Australian Capital Territory

Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 2)

Northern Territory

COVID-19 Directions (No. 40) 2020 Directions for Aged Care Facilities

Further reading:

Avoiding temporary aged care flu vaccine mandates


All information contained herein was, to the author’s knowledge, correct at the time of writing, but please note, this information is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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