Update to Booster requirements, South Australia

Changes have been made to the following directions:

  • Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction;
  • In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination Direction;
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction; and
  • Forensic Science SA Vaccination Direction.

From 29 January 2022, people who engage in work or perform duties in these settings need to (within the prescribed time), have a COVID-19 booster shot (third dose), or have evidence of a booking to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.

However, visitors to Forensic Science SA and residential aged care CANNOT enter these facilities with only evidence of a booking to receive a COVID-19 shot—visitors need to already have had their COVID-19 booster shot or be within the prescribed time prior to receiving their booster shot to be permitted to enter.

Prescribed time means:

  • for a person who has been infected with COVID-19, within 4 months of their first positive COVID-19 test, or within 4 months of their second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine, whichever is later; and
  • for any other person, within 4 months of their second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19.

People who engage in work or perform duties in these settings must provide the operator of that setting with proof of their vaccination status and evidence of the applicable prescribed time for receiving a booster dose upon request.

Other existing requirements remain.

Note the following Direction changes:

The Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. This Direction will take effect at 12.01am on 29 January 2022.

The Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. This Direction will take effect at 12.01am on 29 January 2022.

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 45) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 46) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. This Direction will take effect at 12.01am on 29 January 2022.

The Emergency Management (Forensic Science SA Vaccination No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Forensic Science SA Vaccination No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. This Direction will take effect at 12.01am on 29 January 2022.

The information above only highlights the key changes made to the Directions and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full Directions for further information.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

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