The rollout of the vaccination program is currently underway in Western Australia. According to the Federal and State Government, the most recent health advice indicates that the AstraZeneca vaccinations will only be given to people over the age of 50 and Pfizer for under 50 years of age; which will cause delays in the planned roll out.
The vaccine is being distributed in stages with a priority on certain groups who will receive the vaccine first. We are currently in phase 1b of the program. To find out whether you are eligible for the vaccine, head to: https://rollup.wa.gov.au/.
While not mandatory, MSWA kindly encourages staff and Clients to consider the vaccination.
Social distancing and gatherings
Capacity restrictions in Western Australia for major seated indoor and outdoor venues have been eased and are now permitted to operate at 100 percent capacity with certain hospitality venues are capped at 75 percent. For all other venues, the 2 square metre rule is in place. A full list of restrictions can be found on the WA Government website.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Face masks are mandatory in airports or on an aircraft.
MSWA staff can, if requested, wear masks while they are delivering Client services.
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.
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 local pharmacy.
Please note that you should delay getting the influenza vaccine for 14 days before or after receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.