Stay informed and prepared

Further outbreaks may occur in NSW. It is important that we maintain high rates of testing to ensure any new cases or outbreaks are identified and managed rapidly.

See the latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW for updates. Follow COVID-19 screening protocol for healthcare facilities, which is updated daily to include actions responding to active case locations.

Be up-to-date with vaccinations

  • It is very important that you are vaccinated for COVID-19 along with all other vaccines that you are required to have as a healthcare professional, including for seasonal influenza.
  • Your employer is responsible for offering and organising your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Each person will need to receive two doses of the vaccine to be adequately immunised against COVID-19.
  • Information for NSW healthcare workers on the COVID-19 vaccination program is available.

Support patients with COVID-19 vaccinations

All healthcare professionals should be ready to respond to enquiries about COVID-19 vaccinations by referring to COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccinations FAQs.

Keep using standard precautions and follow mask guidance

  • NSW Health staff must follow the advice of local infection control staff and the Clinical Excellence Commission guidance in the Response and Escalation Framework.
  • General practitioners and other primary healthcare professionals should screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms. Wear a mask when there is active or recent community transmission, if providing services to a patient with an acute respiratory condition, or if otherwise indicated by NSW Health.
  • Healthcare workers undertaking direct clinical services (for example, vaccination or examining a skin rash) should follow the Infection Prevention and Contorl Practice Handbook's standard precautions – personal protective equipment, such as a mask or gloves, would not be required routinely unless there is a risk of exposure to blood or body substances. Hand hygiene remains the cornerstone of infection prevention. Wearing gloves is not a substitute for hand hygiene.
  • The same precautions should be taken by people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Get tested and stay home if you are unwell

  • Get tested as soon as possible if you have one or more COVID-19 symptoms. Follow the fact sheet for people with COVID 19 symptoms. Return to work after you receive a negative test result and are feeling well.
  • After being vaccinated, even if you only have mild symptoms you should still get tested immediately. While the vaccines reduce COVID-19 infections, they may not confer immunity immediately. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having been vaccinated, though they should develop a less severe illness.
  • Supervisors and managers must ensure that procedures are in place for every staff member to report COVID-19 symptoms, to ensure staff who have symptoms do not attend work and get tested immediately.

Take extra precaution if you work in a high risk setting

If you work with vulnerable communities, you should avoid close contact with others who are at increased risk of being in contact with someone who has COVID-19, including:

  • air and maritime crew
  • international border staff
  • workers supporting quarantine and isolation services.

If you live in the same house as someone who works in one of these jobs, you should take precautions to avoid getting or spreading COVID-19, monitor for symptoms and get tested if either party becomes symptomatic.

Support student and volunteer health workers

If there is active local community transmission, students and volunteers may be restricted from entering some healthcare facilities. NSW Health will issue advice according to the specific circumstances of the outbreak.

Contact the Public Health Unit if needed on 1300 066 055

If you are notified of a positive COVID-19 test result, need advice, or have concerns about the ability of a patient to self-isolate - for example, if they live in a residential facility - contact the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

Current as at: Thursday 8 April 2021
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