Information for healthcare workers who are receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is available on COVID-19 vaccination: information for the NSW community

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Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation guidance

Contraindication forms

The forms below should only be completed by medical practitioners if:

  • A person has a medical contraindication to receiving any available COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • A person has a medical contraindication to receiving one brand of COVID-19 vaccine and requires evidence for receiving an alternative brand; or
  • A person has a temporary medical contraindication to any COVID-19 vaccine (note, this exemption is only available for a maximum of 6 months at which time the form needs to be recompleted if the condition persists). Examples include:
    • Significant immunocompromise
    • Recent history of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PCR confirmed)
    • Acute medical illness.

Medical practitioners should consult the latest ATAGI clinical guidance for further information on medical contraindications:

For use by medical practitioners:

Adverse events following immunisation

Serious Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) are notifiable conditions in NSW. Healthcare providers are required to report all uncommon, serious or unexpected AEFI or any event felt to be significant following immunisation to their local Public Health Unit. More information is available at How do I report an AEFI?.

NSW Health is monitoring the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination program using existing surveillance systems, along with:

  • specialist clinical advice regarding investigation and management of suspected adverse events through the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS)
  • convening a NSW Health COVID-19 Safety Expert Panel of immunisation and other clinical specialists, to review serious or unexpected adverse events following immunisation (AEFIs)
  • establishing an inquiry under the Public Health Act 2010
  • assisting with causality assessments through the national Vaccine Safety Investigation Group (VSIG)
  • benchmarking and information sharing with international partners.

Thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia syndrome

Thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia syndrome is a rare adverse event following immunisation. Our understanding of this condition is evolving and it is important to check back regularly for clinical updates.

Information for clinicians about this syndrome is available at:

AEFI reporting

AEFI management

COVID-19 vaccine safety surveillance

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Frequently asked questions

Will I still need to wear PPE at work and follow the COVID safe rules in my daily life?

Australia will still need to continue with the measures already in place to control COVID-19. If the vaccine program is effective in decreasing community transmission and starting to reach a high proportion of people, it is hoped that we will be able to reduce some of these control measures. As the COVID-19 vaccine starts to be administered in NSW, it is essential that all healthcare workers maintain vigilance for COVID-19 and ensure they continue to follow infection prevention and control measures at work and COVID safe behaviours in their daily lives. It is essential to keep these practices in place to prevent spread of the virus until everyone can be adequately protected against COVID-19.

You will still need to be tested if you become sick with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19.

Will vaccinations be mandatory for people working in health facilities in NSW?

The Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021 requires health care workers to have their first dose COVID-19 vaccination by 30 September and second dose by 30 November, unless they have a medical contraindication form signed by a medical practitioner.

The Order applies to:

  • in the public sector, people who work for the NSW Health Service, for a public health organisation, the Health Administration Corporation and Ambulance Service of NSW, as well as staff of the Ministry of Health
  • in the private sector a person who does work in a private health facility, being a private hospital or day procedure centre
  • in the private sector, registered paramedics whose work involves transporting, or assessing whether to transport, people to and from a public or private health facility.

Work is defined broadly to cover employees, contractors, VMOs, visiting practitioners, volunteers and students undertaking clinical placements.

The Order does not however include private primary care providers such as GPs.

Some NSW Health staff are subject to other Public Health Orders requiring first dose vaccination from earlier dates. For more specific information, contact your Health organisation.

  • Staff working in residential aged care are subject to a Public Health Order requiring first dose COVID-19 vaccination by 17 September.
  • Staff who live in one of the 12 LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney are required to have received a first dose COVID-19 vaccination by 6 September 2021 if they are an authorised worker and leave their LGA of concern to attend work.

More information

Current as at: Sunday 17 October 2021
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