Residential Aged Care: COVID-19 vaccination update

Residential Aged Care: COVID-19 vaccination update

09 May, 2022

At Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) we have a dedicated COVID-19 Response and Aged Care Team supporting Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). Supports we provide include facilitating connections to providers for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations and providing links to the latest public health guidelines and contacts regarding managing COVID-19 outbreaks.

Below are useful links and resources to assist your RACF with COVID-19 related activities throughout Winter 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Stay up to date with the latest information and guidance regarding vaccinations for both staff and residents. This webpage also provides residential aged care facilities with recommendations on how to ensure safety of visitors and staff within your facility.

For Winter Dose 2022 Specific information - The COVID19 Winter Dose Information Kit for Residential Aged Care Providers outlines guidance and resources to assist in planning and preparing for the COVID-19 Winter dose vaccination program.

General COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Support Portal This document provides answers to frequently asked questions for residential aged care providers: How to access and use the COVID-19 Support Portal. Residential aged care services should report to the Commonwealth on COVID-19 outbreaks or exposures through this portal. This portal is also used for requesting PPE and RAT’s.

Aged care sector news EMPHN RACF News - If you work in a Residential Aged Care Facility in our catchment and wish to receive PHN updates, please email racfsupport@emphn.org.au to request being placed on the mailing list.

Aged Care Sector news - DOH newsletter: Protecting older Australians

Managing a COVID-19 Outbreak in Residential Aged Care You can keep across the latest definitions of what constitutes an outbreak, what you must do if one occurs in your facility, and what resources you can access to help manage the outbreak effectively through the DOH website. The DoH guidance documentation and resources webpage can support you with creating and updating your internal Outbreak Management Plan.