Update on 3rd dose COVID vaccinations

Guidance material that has been sent to aged care providers from the Commonwealth government about the 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccines.  At this stage we have no further details or expected timeframes for how the 3rd doses will be administered or whether additional consent may be required. 

We will keep you informed as we learn more about the clinics and options.

Visiting update

NSW Health have updated the visiting advice for residential aged care facilities and children under 12 years who are not vaccinated can visit if:-

  • the visit is outdoors
  • the child wears a mask
  • NSW Health suggest the child/children should have a Rapid Antigen test (RAT) prior to a visit. 

We will request that the accompanying adult signs a declaration that any children visiting have had a negative RAT test prior to entry.

Two unvaccinated people are now approved to visit a resident for an end of life visit and should have a RAT test prior to visiting. 

RAT tests are now available to purchase in some supermarkets and pharmacies.

The BCAC entry declaration will be updated to include the above changes.  

Verbal advice from NSW Health at industry forums has indicated that it is unlikely unvaccinated family and friends (over the age of 12 years) will be able to visit in December when other restrictions lift in the wider community. As soon as we receive any further information on this we will let you know.

All visits still need to be in the residents room or outdoors.

A face shield will no longer be required for visitors or staff but an N95 face mask will be required at all times.

BCAC will provide the N95 masks for all visitors.

COVID safe Christmas Plans

NSW Health have advised they are working on guidance material to release to residential aged care providers to ensure everyone has a COVID safe Christmas.  We hope to receive this advice/plan in the next few weeks so we can share it with our residents and families.