As part of the national vaccination rollout strategy, Phase 1b starts on Monday 22 March.
Based on the recommendations by the Australian Technical Advisory Group, those who are eligible for a vaccination under Phase 1b include:
- People 70 years and over
- People 80 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are 55 years and over
- Younger people with a specified underlying condition (note, this list includes significant disabilities)
- Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a
- Household contacts of quarantine and border workers
- Critical and high risk workers currently employed
For more information about eligibility and where you can get your vaccination, click here.
Victoria COVIDSafe rules
The Victorian Government announced that from 6pm on Friday, 26 March onwards it will further relax its COVIDSafe settings.
Facemasks will no longer be required in retail settings but you will still need to carry one with you at all times. You will still need to wear facemasks:
- Public transport
- Rideshare vehicles and taxis (unless lawful exemption applies)
- Aged care facilities and hospitals
Other important information include:
- Victorians can host up to 100 people in their home per day
- Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can have up to 200 people
- Density limits still apply to hospitality and entertainment facilities. Casinos, karaoke venues and nightclubs will move from 1 person per 4sqm to 1 person per 2spm. This is in line with restaurants, cafes and food courts
For more information about COVIDSafe Settings click here.
NSW COVIDSafe rules
The NSW government has announced that from 12.01am Monday, 29 March onwards a number of restrictions will ease:
- Mask use including on public transport will move from mandatory to ‘strongly recommended’
- No limitations of visitors in a home (if there are more than 100 people there must be Covid-19 Safety plan and electronic recording of visitor details)
- 200 people allowed for outdoor public gatherings
- All venues to move to the one person per 2sqm rule (venues will be allowed at least 25 people before the 2sqm rule applies)
- 100 per cent seated capacity at entertainment venues including stadiums and theatres
For more information visit the NSW Health website.
Prestige remains committed to the safety and well being of all our staff and the clients we support. All of our care workers visiting clients’ homes are taking all necessary measures to ensure you stay safe.
This information sheet from the Department of Health explains the steps that aged care workers are taking to protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
At Prestige, we continue to follow this advice from the Department of Health and all other government guidelines as part of our ongoing measures to safeguard our clients, staff and community.
Visit the Department of Health’s It’s OK to have in-home care information sheet here.