An update has been made to the
Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021 (Public Health Order) that requires the vaccination of healthcare staff of non-government organisations (NGO) funded by specified NSW Health grants to provide services. This is to support the safety of our people and health consumers across NSW.
An exemption to Clause 4(1)(a) of the Public Health Order has been granted for these staff until 20 October 2021. This means that health care staff in NGOs providing services that are funded by specified NSW Health grants, must have their first vaccination on or before 20 October 2021 and their second vaccination by 30 November 2021. Staff will need to provide evidence to their employer that they have an appointment to receive their first does on or before 20 October 2021.
The mandatory requirement applies to health care staff providing services funded by:
Existing COVID-19 control measures such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment and associated work practices are designed to keep staff, health consumers and visitors to health services in NSW safe from COVID-19.
A requirement for vaccination is a significant additional control measure available to health service providers in NSW to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission in health workplaces.
NSW Health and other health care providers all share a duty of care to staff and to our most vulnerable health consumers, who are at a heightened risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
In developing this update to the Public Health Order, NSW Health has discussed mandatory vaccination with unions, peak groups and health providers.
If relevant staff have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccinations, they need to book now:
It is important that they arrange their COVID-19 vaccination appointment if required and provide evidence that they have an appointment booked prior to 20 October 2021.
If relevant staff have already received a COVID-19 vaccination (either one or both doses) they are required to provide evidence of vaccination status to their organisation.
Please refer to the
Frequently asked questions for additional information or contact your grant manager if you have any questions or concerns.
We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting NSW Health funded NGOs and thank you for your continued partnership in supporting the health and wellbeing of the public. The impact of COVID-19 on service delivery will vary, depending on the nature of the service your NGO provides.
Please be assured that continuity of NSW Health's funding to NGOs will not be impacted if you need to temporarily suspend some elements of your NSW Health funded services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please speak with your
grant manager if your NGO is or will have difficulty meeting your agreement requirements with NSW Health. Your grant manager can work with you to support your development of contingency plans that may need to be put in place.
Please speak with your grant manager if you have recommendations for repurposing NSW Health funds to support the viability of your service in the context of COVID-19. Your grant manager can also consider requests to rollover unspent funding to financial year 2020-21, if activities under your agreement cannot take place in financial year 2019-20.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 you may need to change the way you deliver services to ensure continuity for your clients.
For NGOs needing to amend their service delivery, we encourage you to refer to the points below. Please assess what will be the best possible arrangement in the context of the needs and safety of your clients and staff.
Your grant manager will be available to support your organisation through this planning work.
Clients and staff with underlying illnesses that make them more
vulnerable to respiratory disease are at increased risk. NGOs need to assess the best possible approach for interactions with and assistance to these people.
If your service has a suspected case of COVID-19, you must contact the healthdirect hotline on 1800 022 222.
Questions and issues for your NGO to consider when preparing contingency plans in response to the impact of COVID-19 on your service delivery. This checklist is not definitive and will not cover all the issues that your NGO will need to consider. It is a guide only, intended as a practical tool to help get you started.
NSW Health is continuously updating its website with the latest information on COVID-19, including suspected and confirmed cases. Your NGO should remain informed on these developments and the guidance for all members of the community. Please refer to
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for the most up-to-date health advice. Targeted information is available for:
clinical communities of practice (COP) have been established across key clinical specialities to support the response to COVID-19.
NGO-COP meets monthly to share ideas, strategies, local solutions and concerns with respect to COVID-19 pandemic preparedness.
To join the NGO-COP email
NSW Health NGO Sector - Response to COVID-19 Webinar, Friday 8 May 2020