COVID-19 :: Vaccination

Last Updated: 19/11/21

We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it have the potential to significantly impact your business. To assist we have created this web hub page to provide access to information about vaccination rules and availability.

Although we are endeavouring to ensure this is kept fully up-to-date, with the rapidly changing situation, we recommend that you always review the state information directly on the relevant state website prior to making business decisions.

COVID vaccination information and resources for workers – Help workers get vaccinated

Translated vaccination information

The Department of Health has published a fact sheet answering commonly asked questions about COVID vaccinations. It is available in English and many of our workers’ languages. You can download these fact sheets to share with your workers:

English  |  Bislama  |  Fiji  |  Gilbertese  |  Nauru  |  Pidgin  |  Samoa  |  Tetum  |  Tok Pisin  |  Tongan  |  Tuvaluan

The Department of Health webpage: COVID-19 vaccines, is it true? also addresses some of the more common questions and myths.

COVID vaccination consent forms in language

The Department of Health provides a consent form about COVID-19 vaccinations online, which has been translated into several of our workers’ languages.

All languages currently available can be found here

Help workers obtain proof of vaccination

In some cases, workers may need documented proof of vaccination.
Workers can:
  • ask the vaccination provider to print a copy of their immunisation history statement
  • call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 to have an immunisation history statement sent in the post. It can take up to 14 days to arrive.
Alternatively, the Services Australia website explains how to get proof of COVID-19 vaccination online.
For those not eligible for Medicare, they will need an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) to get proof online.
  • Workers can get an IHI using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov.
  • Workers will need to provide identification details from their passport with a valid Australian visa, or an Australian driver’s license.

Jump straight to the state of interest by clicking on the state name below:

QUEENSLAND

NEW SOUTH WALES

VICTORIA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

TASMANIA

Key points

  • All people aged 12 and over are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Visit the Vaccine clinic finder and answer some questions to find your closest vaccination clinic
  • You need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. You can receive a booster dose 6 months after your second dose
  • There is currently NO MANDATE for agricultural workers to be vaccinated in Queensland

There are several options for eligible people to get vaccinated in Queensland:

Queensland Health vaccination locations – Book online here

GPs & Pharmacies – Search for a location near you

Walk-in vaccinations – Selected locations only – Search for a location

Queensland Health has a range of vaccination locations across the state with hours and access options to suit you. Registering your interest for a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to secure an appointment at a Queensland Health vaccination location.

Once you have registered, you will be invited to book an appointment in your local area when appointments become available. This may take several days or weeks depending on the demand in your region. If you identify as a priority cohort, you will be prioritised for a vaccination booking.

Allow around 45 mins for your appointment. This allows time for your patient screening, the actual vaccination and observation after the injection. Read more about what to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination.

More locations are being added over the coming months, so check back regularly.

NSW

Where can you get vaccinated in NSW?

Vaccination appointments are available at more than 3000 locations across NSW including pharmacies, GPs and NSW Health clinics.

People aged 12 and over across NSW can book a vaccination appointment:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available to people aged 12 and over
  • AstraZeneca vaccine is available to people aged 18 and over

Find the next available appointment at a location near you

From Monday 8 November 2021 eased restrictions allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • no capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities
  • no limits to the number of visitors to your home
  • no booking limits for restaurants and hospitality.

COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination are required for staff and customers in most settings.

COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.

If you work in horticulture, viticulture, an abattoir or farm, there is no requirement from the NSW state government for you to be vaccinated, although it is highly recommended by the NSW Government for keeping workplaces and the community safe.

For non-high-risk premises (such as farms, saleyards and abattoirs) and critical retail premises (such as garden centres, rural supplies, timber yards, hardware and building supplies and landscaping material supplies) it will be up to individual businesses to decide if they mandate vaccinations for workers or not.

Keep up-to-date with vaccination requirements across different workplaces here

Vaccinations

  • The NSW Government has developed a COVID vaccine information pack for businesses to help encourage increase vaccination rates.
  • Only certain workplaces require double vaccination for staff and customers
  • If an employee can reasonably Work From Home (WFH) then the employer must allow them to
  • If an employee is unvaccinated and can reasonably WFH then they are required to WFH
  • FAQs can be found here

Victoria

Vaccine availability

Vaccination requirements for workers under Victoria’s Roadmap

All businesses are urged to review their employee vaccination requirements against Victoria’s Roadmap.

The Roadmap provides for a progressive reopening with increased capacity limits across various settings when all attendees are fully vaccinated. This includes workers.

The option of increased capacity limits will only apply if everyone present is fully vaccinated (or has a valid medical exemption).

This means if your staff are not fully vaccinated, you may not be able to open or to apply the eased capacity limits offered in the Roadmap.

Encourage your workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Workers – including Agriculture and forestry workers – that have not had a first and second dose by the set deadlines will not be able to attend workplaces outside their home.

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An agricultural and forestry worker is someone who works in connection with:

  • food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services and biosecurity functions
  • farm, animal and bloodstock leasing activities, including but not limited to:
    • farming activities and other operations relating to agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, irrigation, permaculture, apiculture, grains, fibre production, dairy, flower industry, commercial fishing, aquaculture and livestock
    • intensive agricultural production including greenhouses and animal production
    • agricultural, veterinary chemicals and vaccine production, transportation and distribution (including the Pig Services Centre)

WA

WA’s Safe Transition Plan outlines the State’s transition and easing of border controls once 90 per cent of people aged 12 years and over are double dose vaccinated.

The Plan will minimise the impact of the virus and keep Western Australians safe for the long term.

Achieving 90 per cent double dose vaccination coverage means fewer people will become very sick, need hospital care or die from COVID-19.

It is expected WA will achieve a 90 per cent double dose vaccination around late-January to early-February 2022. This date will be confirmed after 80 per cent of WA has received both doses.

Vaccine availability

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at a variety of locations across Western Australia, including GPs, pharmacies, GP respiratory clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services and community clinics.

No bookings are required at community vaccination clinics.

Book online for your nearest vaccination location.

There are a range of resources available for businesses to help encourage their staff to get vaccinated.

You can find out more here.

Vaccine Mandates

Based on the latest health advice, a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA will be introduced in a phased approach.

The policy follows the existing mandates in place for workers in high-risk industries, including those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or where they are necessary to avoid catastrophic risk to the safety of the community.

The policy’s phased approach is to apply mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for expanded industries in WA, as well as a requirement for all critical workers to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions.

Group 1 industries and occupations

Occupations in which high risk is sufficient due to high transmission, vulnerability or necessity to avoid catastrophic risk to safety of the community.

Group 2 industries and occupations

Occupations deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of critical services to the community.

In the event of a lockdown

These workers (Horticultural food production) will also be required to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions:

  • Primary industries (necessary to provide food to, and care of animals and maintenance of crops)
  • Production and distribution of food and groceries, liquor, medical and pharmaceutical products

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South Australia

Vaccine Availability

All South Australians aged 12 and over can now book a COVID-19 vaccination.

There are a range of places where you can get vaccinated.

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine is available for all people 12+ years
  • Spikevax (Moderna) vaccine is available for all people 12+ years at participating pharmacies.
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine is available for people 18+ years.

Book an appointment here

Mobile clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Participating schools are also hosting pop-up vaccination clinics for the school and wider community.

Children 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.

You can have your first or second dose at any mobile clinic. If you have an existing appointment and attend a mobile clinic, make sure you cancel it so other people can book.

Vaccine Mandates

There is currently no mandate for vaccination for workers in agriculture in South Australia.

Tasmania

Vaccine Availability

The Tasmanian and the Australian Governments are working together to give safe COVID-19 vaccinations to the community.

Vaccines are being delivered in phases.

All Tasmanians aged 12 and over will be able to get vaccinated for free.

Find the next available appointment at a location near you

Boosters

Booster vaccines are recommend for all people aged 18 and over from six months after their second dose of the vaccine.

Boosters are recommended to maintain protection and immunity against COVID-19.

Vaccine Mandates

Due to the increased risk to the community from the delta strain of COVID-19 the Tasmanian Government have adopted recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) for certain workers to be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccination against COVID-19 will help protect you, your family, and the Tasmanian community.

There is no current mandate for vaccination for agricultural workers.

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