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10 September 2021 - Towards 100%

As an organisation, Uniting AgeWell’s staff vaccination rates are extremely high.

As at 10 September, 93.2 per cent of our entire workforce across residential, home care and corporate services are now vaccinated against COVID-19.

Over 96 per cent of our residential care staff are vaccinated, with 75.5 per cent having received both doses and the balance of staff to be vaccinated with their first dose in the coming days.

With many residents leading the way and rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated some months ago, together we have created a safer environment in which to live and work.


Update for Victoria

The Victorian State Government has extended lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne, and Shepparton.

While restrictions have eased for regional Victoria, Visitor Restrictions will continue across all of Uniting AgeWell's Victorian residential care facilities. Only essential visits for compassionate, end of life or care assistance will be permitted.

Read more here.

Update for Tasmania

Restrictions remain in place for anyone who has visited a declared high-risk area which includes New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, New Zealand and some high risk premises in the Northern Territory.

Anyone who has spent time in a high-risk area or premises in the last 14 days must not enter a residential aged care facility in Tasmania, unless exemption is granted by the Director of Public Health.

The Director of Public Health has announced that the wearing of face masks by staff and visitors is no longer mandatory, although there may still be some instances where masks will be required.

Read more here.

Maintain Vigilance

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, clients and staff is our absolute priority.

We worked for many months preparing for an outbreak and doing everything possible to reduce that risk.

A robust response to COVID-19 was put in place by Uniting AgeWell at the outset of the pandemic and this response has continued to evolve as the situation and risk changes.

From July through to October 2020, widespread community transmission in Victoria significantly increased the likelihood of exposure to aged care staff. Staff from several of our Melbourne sites acquired the virus through family or household contact. Others had a household member test positive requiring them to quarantine. As a result, six of our facilities were placed in outbreak lockdown.

In all cases, Uniting AgeWell immediately implemented its pandemic plan and outbreak management protocols and as a result, there has been no transmission of COVID-19 within any Uniting AgeWell facility. All residents have been well protected by the tireless effort, skill and commitment of our staff.

We remain ever-vigilant, with precautionary measures ongoing to ensure a safe environment for all. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and quickly respond to any change in risk as needed.

Thank you for your ongoing trust and support.

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