An update about COVID-19

15 December 2021

We are regularly updating the information here - last reviewed Wednesday, 15 December 2021.

To keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 news, visit the WA Government website.

MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION FOR THE COMMUNITY SECTOR

On Wednesday, 1 December 2021 the Western Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate came into effect for the community care sector. This now includes health, disability, aged and in-home care services.

As a service provider delivering care and support to vulnerable members of the community, the safety of our staff and Clients remains our priority. We continue to follow Government and Health advice and regulations regarding vaccinations, which means the mandatory vaccination now applies to all MSWA staff and volunteers, from 1 December 2021.

Other COVID-safe precautions remain in place such as:

  • All staff undertake appropriate hand hygiene and PPE precautions as part of good clinical practice.
  • All staff are encouraged to stay away from work if they display any cold and/or flu like symptoms and are asked to get tested for COVID-19.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

Coronavirus Covid-19 measures

COVID-19 vaccine

The rollout of the vaccination program is currently well underway in Western Australia and anyone over the age of 12 is now eligible. As of the 10 January 2022, children aged 5-11 years will now become eligible for the vaccination. To find out whether you can book your vaccination, head to Roll Up for WA.

The Federal and State Governments recommended that people aged under 60 access either Pfizer or Moderna and people aged over 60, AstraZeneca. However, due to increased availability the over 60’s can now access any of the vaccines. It is important to visit the Department of Health website to remain informed, and find the nearest vaccination centre for you, and we recommend that you discuss your personal situation and options with your doctor.

On 8 October 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group for Immunisations (ATAGI), which advises the Australian Government on immunisation issues, provided guidance about the need for a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. This statement can be accessed here. Furthermore, on the 8 December 2021, the TGA also provisionally approved the use of a modified dose of Moderna (Spikevax) for booster vaccinations.

The booster dose is now recommended 5 months after your second vaccination.

Whilst not mandatory, except in residential aged-care and health, MSWA kindly encourages staff and Clients and their families to consider getting vaccinated.

COVIDSafe app

Contact registers are mandatory at businesses in Western Australia. While most will have a physical list to sign in, the COVIDSafe App speeds up the process of informing people who have been exposed to the virus and limiting further infection in the community. This helps the Department of Health support and protect you, your friends and family.

Annual flu-vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine does not protect you against influenza. It is recommended that if you have not yet had your vaccination, speak to your GP or visit your neurologist.

Please note that you should delay getting the influenza vaccine for 14 days before or after receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

WA’S BORDER TRANSITION

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced the state's hard border will ease at 12.01am on Saturday, February 5, unveiling the long-awaited reopening roadmap. WA has reached its 80% double-dose vaccination milestone and will finally be reopening to the rest of Australia next year.

From February 5, international and domestic arrivals won’t have to quarantine, provided they are double vaccinated.

International arrivals require a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to travel and need a second PCR test on day two and six on arrival in Perth. Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine in a hotel facility on arrival.