Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination: Based on the latest health advice (October 21st), 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 it is 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.
Learn more about about the Western Australian mandatory vaccination on the Department of Health website.
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Please note: Volunteering WA is seeking further clarification on where this applies to volunteers.
Vaccine requirements for volunteers
Volunteering WA will continue to distribute further advice as it becomes available. Subscribe to our monthly enewsletter for regular updates.
- NFP Law has produced an informative legal fact sheet for community organisations around your rights and duty-of-care for volunteers and the vaccine. Read - Fact Sheet: Volunteers and the COVID-19 vaccine
Mandatory vaccines for aged care volunteers
Vaccination of residential aged care facility (RACF) workers, in reach workforce, students and volunteers engaged by the RACF will become mandatory from September 2021. Workers must receive at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (all are eligible for Pfizer) by 17 September 2021 to enter a residential aged care facility from this date onwards.
- Read the latest information on vaccines for aged care volunteers - including definitions, exemptions and the Act.
Mandatory vaccines for health care volunteers
The WA State Government has announced new public health directions to make COVID-19 vaccination for WA health care workers, including volunteers, compulsory.
From December 1, health support workers will need to have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access tier two facilities, which include all public and private hospitals. They will need to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022. Also from December 1, health care workers and health support workers will need to have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access tier three facilities, which include all public health service facilities including support services, Department of Health and health service provider sites. These workers will need to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022.
These requirements apply to paid and voluntary workers. Health care volunteers will be eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.
More information is available here.
The Police Mission Critical Areas Directions
This states anyone undertaking work or attending meetings at various Police facilities will need to show evidence of their first vaccination from 27 September 2021, and then from 27 October 2021 show evidence of full vaccination before entering Police facilities.
VIO Vaccination Policies
The Commonwealth and WA State Governments are both committed to increasing the level of full vaccination as a matter of priority.
As the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations continues for a range of Commonwealth and State Government roles, the not-for–profit sector is continuing to develop and review their vaccination policies.
We encourage volunteers, particularly those working with vulnerable people (including First Nations people, people with a disability, people who are immuno-compromised, seniors etc.) to ask VIOs about their policies in this regard. VIOs are encouraged to communicate any changes as promptly as possible, support volunteers in accessing vaccinations as required and consider changes to other volunteer roles (if a volunteer is unable to be vaccinated).
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