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All staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The WA Government has mandated third doses for aged care staff. All Amana Living staff must have their third dose within one month of becoming eligible. The gap between having the second and third dose is currently four months. After Monday 31 January, the time frame will change to three months.
All staff must provide proof of their first, second and third vaccinations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Residential Aged Care Facility Worker Access Directions (No. 8) are supported by Frequently Asked Questions.
Please be aware that the directions apply to NDIS workers who attend residential aged care facilities to support residents.
Where to vaccinate
All aged care workers (including volunteers) will be offered the Pfizer vaccine at a State Government clinic.
All COVID-19 vaccines are bulk billed, so you do not have to pay for them as long as you provide your Medicare number.
You can access an appointment the following ways:
1. Walk in - no booking required
You can walk in to any government vaccination clinic without an appointment. Before you go to a clinic, register your details at VaccinateWA. You will need to take your Medicare card.
You will need to wait in the queue. It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour before the clinic closes.
There is also a walk-in clinic at Claremont Showgrounds between 8.30am and 9am for aged care staff. No appointment is necessary.
In some smaller regional clinics, you may not always be able to get a vaccine on the same day as you walk-in. Clinic staff will help schedule you in as soon as possible.
A full list of metropolitan and regional WA clinics can be found on the Healthy WA website.
2. Book an appointment
You can making a booking at a GP, GP Respiratory Clinic, ACCHS or State-run clinic through the Commonwealth’s online booking system.
Alternatively you can book a state-run clinic directly through VaccinateWA. There is a dedicated helpline for aged care workers on 1800 020 080 (select option 4) to find out more information and book your appointment.
Staff can also contact Sonic Clinical Services Australia 1300 355 747, Monday to Friday between 7am and 3pm, to book an appointment at one of the below sites:
3. Book at a selected pharmacy
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For a limited time only, vaccinations will be available at residential care sites.
The primary focus is to provide third doses to residents, however, the clinics will also provide Pfizer vaccinations for those requiring first, second or third doses.
To register, you must complete the attached consent form and bring it to your appointment, along with evidence of previous vaccinations (e.g. an Australian Immunisation Record).
Dates of clinics in 2022 will be published mid-January.
Amana Living employees must have their Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations to enter residential aged care sites.
The best way to protect yourself and others against colds, flus and the coronavirus is to practise good hygiene by:
- Washing your hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Avoid touching your mouth and nose.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue immediately into a rubbish bin and wash your hands.
- Avoiding close contact (maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres) with anyone if you or they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
Amana Living has paid self-isolation leave to support staff who may need to self-isolate due to COVID-19. Our leave application form has been updated to include a specific space for staff to indicate whether their leave relates to COVID-19. You can find the updated leave form here.
If you use eTivity rather than the leave form, you will have to advise your manager separately whether your leave is COVID-related, and your manager will pass the information on to Payroll.
It’s important we know whether your leave relates to COVID-19, even if you have been tested and it comes back negative. This information will help us with workforce and contingency planning preparations, as well as giving us a better understanding of the true impact of COVID-19 on our services.
To help you understand the circumstances where COVID-19 leave might apply, we’ve developed a short video to help you complete the form.
Need more info? Try our Self-Isolation Leave FAQ's.
For those working from home this week, it’s important we remember what we found helpful from our last lockdown to support us during this time. You told us your top working from home tips in our survey last year, and we’ve collated these into the attached WFH Staff Top Tips Infographic.
Your ergonomic position is critical to preventing injury when working from home. This Working from Home Assessment provides guidance on how to set your computer up, key risks while working at home, and how to sit correctly.
It is recognised that staff may, from time to time, experience problems of a personal or work-related nature which impact on their work performance, health or well-being.
Amana Living has established an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides free, confidential and professional assistance to employees and their immediate family members on a wide range of work and non-work-related issues.
If you feel overwhelmed during the COVID-19 lockdown, please contact your manager. Alternatively, you can reach out to Amana Living’s external Employee Assistance Provider, Benestar, (1300 360 364) or Chaplaincy Support (0419 145 369) which are available to provide confidential counselling support.
Benestar also provides a range of wellness information (mind, body, work, relations, money) including videos, training guides, and activities. To view this information register at the Benehug Login using the company identifier: AML and the token: AML01