Mandatory vaccination requirements for allied health professionals in New South Wales (update)
Mandatory vaccination requirements for allied health practitioners in NSW have now been updated and expanded to include Stage 2 health care workers. The following information regarding these amendments has been provided to Chiropractic Australia by NSW Chief Allied Health Officer, Andrew Davison.
“The NSW Minister Health and Medical Research has made the Public Health (COVID-19 Health Care Workers Vaccination) Order (No.3) 2021 which revokes and remakes the Public Health (COVID-19 Health Care Workers Vaccination) Order (No.2) 2021 with amendments.
The current No 2 order requires certain health workers to be vaccinated in order to work, including staff of the NSW Health system and people who work at private health facilities. This existing group of workers will be known as Stage 1 health care workers in the No 3 Order. The No 3 Order continues these requirements and extends them to Stage 2 health care workers.
Stage 2 health care workers are non-government health service providers as follows:
- Registered health practitioners, being the 16 professions registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency;
- Unregistered / self-regulated health practitioners, being practitioners currently covered by the NSW Health Code of Conduct for Un-registered Health Practitioners. The Code covers any practitioner who provides a health service defined in accordance with the Health Care Complaints Act. This includes, but is not limited to, speech therapists, audiologists, massage therapists, dietitians and naturopaths and other alternative health care practitioners;
- Persons working in medical and community practices or premises where there is direct provision of health services by a health service provider, covering administrative and support staff working in medical and health practices
- Persons working for such a practice offsite, where they have direct physical contact with members of the community
- Certain other persons working in the broader public system, including board members and other appointees appointed by the Minister or Governor under certain health related legislation, such as board members of LHDs and HAC and health professional council members, the and staff of the HCCC
Stage 1 health care workers continue to need to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to work (unless they have a medical contraindication).
Stage 2 health care workers will only be able to work if the worker:
- has received the first dose by 31 January 2022, and
- second dose by 28 February 2022
Consistent with Stage 1 health care workers, there are obligations on the responsible person (usually the employer) for the stage 2 health care worker to ensure compliance and there are provisions enabling workers with a medical contraindication to continue to work.”