COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Message from Senior Management

COVID-19 vaccination for aged care residents and staff

Department of Health updated information on Friday 9th April 2021 regarding the vaccination roll out informing that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to residents in aged care facilities will continue as planned. All aged care residents are receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as is the current program.

The Government is reviewing the planned rollout for vaccinating the aged care workforce who were to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.

ATAGI recommends the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in adults aged under 50 years.

ATAGI’s advice is that people who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.

Individuals with prior medical conditions or any specific concerns should consult with their GP or other health care provider.

For more information, please see:

The following resources have been updated on the Department’s website:

Please continue to refer to the Department of Health website for updated information.

Where and when will I receive the vaccine?

To date, all ANHF nursing homes have been given COVID-19 vaccination schedules for our residents who had consented to receive the vaccines.    The Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccines will be delivered to aged care homes per scheduled dates in April and May so that residents can receive their vaccination on site from skilled immunisation teams sent by the government.  Please speak to your facility manager if you have any questions or require further information.

While some staff may be able to receive the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccines from the excess doses carried by the government’s immunisation, we are still waiting for more details on how the rest of our staff can receive COVID-19 vaccines and the types. 

We strongly recommend our senior consumers living in the community to consult their own GP regarding how and when to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the seasonal influenza vaccine.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  There should be at least a 14 days gap between receiving COVID-19 vaccines and Seasonal Influenza vaccine.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine program, please visit the Department of Health website: https://www.australia.gov.au/covid19vaccines.  Information is also available in many languages.

ANHF Senior Management

12/04/2021

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* Please be informed that we will continue entry screening measure for all visitors.

You should NOT enter our organisation if you

  • have a fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19 such as a runny nose, acute blocked nose, cough, sore or scratchy throat, fever, loss of smell or taste, or shortness of breath. These people must be isolated at home and seek COVID-19 testing even if symptoms are mild;
  • have been to any of the locations on NSW’s close contactor casual contact list, or Queensland’s close or casual contact list at the times and dates listed;
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period;
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

From Monday 19 April 2021, a quarantine-free arrangement will be in place for travel between Australia and New Zealand.

For more about the requirements, visit

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To download previous messages, click on the below link: 

 

Chief Executive Officer

From the CEO – Amid COVID-19 – 7 May 2020

From the CEO – COVID-19 Update: Health & Safety Reminder – 7 March 2020

 

Community Care

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter March 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter January 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter December 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter November 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter October 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter August 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter July 2020

Safe Work Australia: Workplace Principles & Practice – In-Home Services during COVID-19 – 5 May 2020

Home Care Clinical Newsletter – COVID-19 – April 2020

Community Care Letter to Consumers, Tenants & Carers – Protecting Older Australians – 1 April 2020

Community Care Letter to Service Providers – 24 March 2020

Letter to Home Care Consumers – 17 February 2020

Community Care: Information & Recommended Health Care Actions – 17 February 2020

Letter to Home Care Consumers – 29 January 2020

 

Residential Care

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #27- 23 March  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #26- 01 March  2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #25- 22 February  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #24 – 06 February  2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Department of Health 03 February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions  from Department of Health 03 February 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #23 – 30 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #22 – 27 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #21 – 15 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #20 – 7 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #19 – 30 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #18 – 23 December 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 4) 2020-11 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #17 – 18 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #16 – 24 November 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #15 – 28 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 3) 2020 – 16 September

COVID-19 Update from NSW Health & NSW Chief Health Officer – 31 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #14 – 31 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #13 – 21 August 2020

What to expect if the facility has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 – 21 August 2020

COVID-19 Info for permanent aged care residents emergency leave – 3 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #12 – 23 July 2020

Letter to Staff & Volunteers – Urgent Updates from NSW Health 16 July 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #11 – 16 July 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #10 – 26 June 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #9 – 15 May 2020

Industry Code for Visiting RAC Homes during COVID-19 – 15 May 2020

Mandatory Requirement on Influenza Vaccination – Update #8 – 28 April 2020

2020 Influenza Vaccination – Mandatory Requirement for Anyone Who Need to Work or Visit a RACF

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #7 – 1 April 2020

How to protect yourself and people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19 – March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #6 – 19 March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #5 – 6 March 2020

Residential Care Letter: Information for Visitors During COVID-19 Outbreak – 2 March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #4 – 29 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #3 – 16 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #2 – 12 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #1 – 31 January 2020

 

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Department of Health:

NSW Health Alert – COVID-19 Case Updates & Warnings – 13 July 2020

Australian Government Department of Health

New South Wales Government Department of Health

New South Wales Government Department of Health Facebook

NSW Health: COVID-19 Updates

World Health Organisation

 

Factsheets – Australian Government Department of Health

Interim Advice on Non-Inpatient Care of Persons with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Factsheet for Older Australians – I have a Home Care Package, What Does this Mean for Me?

Covid-19 Information for Residents of RAC Services, their Family Members & Visitors

Families & Residents on Restricted Visits to RACF

COVID-19: Identifying the symptoms

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 – Practice social distancing

Practise simple hygiene by washing hands regularly

NSW Health Secondary Triage – Information for Residents & their Families

NSW Health Factsheet – Secondary Triage for RACF

 

COVID-19 Advice for the Public: Myth Busters

COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus

Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites

Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

 

Additional Resources – Learn the fundamentals of infection prevention and control: 

Australian Department of Health: How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID–19

World Health Organisation: When and how to use masks

How to make a cloth face mask – Health & Human Services Victoria State Government

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

NSW Health: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions