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  • The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus. As we work to implement the NT’s Roadmap toward COVID-Safe Freedoms, it is critical that we provide our community, our businesses and our frontline workers with protection and certainty as we start to open up.

    The Delta strain of COVID-19 is much more infectious and it is inevitable that it will come to the NT. We cannot afford for people working in key industries to be struck down with COVID-19 and we cannot afford for there to be a COVID-19 outbreak in our remote communities. Our communities are vulnerable and our hospitals do not have the capacity to manage a Territory-wide outbreak.

    It is critical that our workers get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and all of the NT. Two doses of the vaccine gives you around 90% protection against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

    Most states and territories in Australia have introduced vaccination as a requirement for certain workers. This is also in line with recommendations from the Australian Health Protection and Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the National Plan to Reopen.

  • You can book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment online or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

    You can also walk-in to get your vaccine at NT COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Gove without having to book an appointment.

  • Based on the advice of our health experts, the NT will require all workers who the mandatory vaccine CHO Direction applies, to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 12 November 2021 to continue working in the same role.

    They will need to be fully vaccinated by 24 December 2021.

  • If you are unable to get your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before 24 December 2021 you can apply to the Chief Health Officer (CHO) for an exemption. Please send an email to the Office of the CHO at ChiefHealthOfficer.DoH@nt.gov.au stating:

    • Why you can’t have your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before 24 December 2021
    • When you are booked in for your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
    • Evidence of your first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination

    If you receive an exemption from the CHO you will be able to continue working. However as per the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers and others within a workplace. Your employer may move you to a non-customer facing role.

    You must have your second Astra Zeneca vaccination and provide evidence to the Office of the CHO and your employer when this has occurred.

  • Pfizer, Astrazeneca and Moderna vaccines are the three types of vaccines available in Australia.

    All of these vaccines are currently available in the Northern Territory. You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at a NT COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, participating GP Clinic, Community Pharmacy, Respiratory Clinic or Aboriginal Health Clinic.

  • Evidence of your vaccination can include your Immunisation History Statement, or digital certificate, or a letter from a GP.  Your GP can access a Medicare form to state that you are not eligible for any COVID-19 vaccine.

    In the period before your immunisation history is updated, evidence of vaccination can include a recent booking confirmation email, or the card received at the time of vaccination.

  • It will be up to the worker to discuss individual arrangements with their employer.

  • Talk to your employer about booking your COVID-19 vaccine.

    Vaccine appointments are also available outside of working hours and on weekends at NT COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, participating GP Clinics, Community Pharmacies, Respiratory Clinics or your Aboriginal Health Clinic.

  • There is a range of translated information about the COVID-19 vaccine available in languages other than English.

    These can be found on the NT COVID-19 Website or the Australian Government Department of Health website.

  • If you are unable to provide your employer with evidence that you meet the vaccination requirements for your industry / role as outlined above, your employer cannot allow you to enter the workplace.

    If you are unable to attend work, this may affect your employment.

  • Exemptions to the CHO Direction mandating vaccination for certain workers are only permitted where the person is not able to receive an approved vaccine because they have a medical contraindication to all available COVID-19 vaccines and they have evidence of this.

    Visit your doctor for advice on this.  Your doctor must have regard to the latest clinical information from ATAGI and provide you with a medical certificate that you are contraindicated to all available COVID-19 vaccines. You can also receive a medical certificate through the Commonwealth.

  • Exemptions to the CHO Direction mandating vaccination for certain workers are only permitted where the person is not able to receive an approved vaccine because they have a medical contraindication to all available COVID-19 vaccines and they have evidence of this.

    People who believe they have a medical reason for not receiving vaccination must apply for a medical vaccination exemption through their medical practitioner, such as a GP.

    GPs are authorised to record a patient’s permanent or temporary vaccination exemption to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) using the Immunisation medical exemption form (IM011). The ATAGI expanded guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines supports decision making and documentation for vaccine exemptions.

    The medical practitioner is required to submit the Immunisation Medical Exemption Form to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The exemption will be available on the person’s AIR account and can be provided to their employer as evidence of a medical exemption. Note that Exemptions completed via this form may experience delays (of up to a week) before they appear on the AIR.

    Alternatively, a person can download a copy of their medical exemption through their myGov or Medicare accounts via the Services Australia website.

  • If a person presents requesting an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine the following process is to be undertaken:

    1. Review the ATAGI expanded guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines and the ATAGI clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine in Australia in 2021 which guides the decision making and documentation for vaccine exemptions.
    2. Discussion guide for medical exemptions is a useful tool to facilitate a discussion about vaccination exemption, including when dealing with an angry or hostile person.
    3. It is important to note that temporary medical exemptions can only be recorded for up to six months. If the cause of the medical contraindication persists, a new medical exemption form will need to be completed. The person should be informed of this requirement.
    4. If an exemption is supported, complete the Immunisation Medical Exemption Form (IM011) and submit it to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Exemptions completed via this form may experience delays (of up to a week) before becoming available in the Australian Immunisation Register.
    5. It is recommended that exemptions are recorded via PRODA, if they need to be immediately visible on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). For guidance on how to do this please refer to: How to record a medical contraindication on the AIR using HPOS.
    6. The person’s Australian Immunisation Record will then by updated to reflect the exemption. GPs or other vaccination providers can access statements on the Australian Immunisation Register and provide a copy to the person if required. Alternatively the person can download a copy through their myGov or Medicare accounts via the Services Australia website.
  • The penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environment Health Act 2011 is $5024 for an individual (32 penalty units) and $25,120 for a business (160 penalty units).

  • If you are likely to come into contact with vulnerable people, yes. You may not know the status of the people whose houses you visit. The best way to ensure you comply is to get vaccinated.

  • If you are likely to come into contact with vulnerable people, yes. You may not know the status of the people whose houses you visit. The best way to ensure you comply is to get vaccinated.

  • If you are likely to come into contact with vulnerable people, yes. You may not know the status of the people whose houses you visit. The best way to ensure you comply is to get vaccinated.

  • You are required to show evidence of your vaccination with your employer. Your employer is required to sight evidence of your vaccination but does not need to keep a copy of your vaccination records.

  • You do not need a Medicare card to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Vaccination is strongly encouraged for anyone entering a healthcare setting or a residential aged care facility, but it is currently not required. Vaccination for influenza is required for visitors.

  • The vocations and industries listed within the CHO’s Directions are non- exhaustive.

    Workers must comply with the CHO direction and be vaccinated if they:

    • during the course of work, is likely to come into contact with a vulnerable person;
    • during the course of their work, is likely to come into contact with a person or thing that poses a risk of infection;
    • their workplace poses a high risk of infection by COVID-19; or
    • performs work is necessary for the operation of maintenance of essential infrastructure or essential logistics in the Territory.
  • A worker is defined under s7 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the Act). A worker includes a volunteer. A volunteer is defined in s4 of the Act as follows:   volunteer  means  a  person  who  is  acting  on  a  voluntary  basis  (irrespective of whether the person receives out-of-pocket expenses).

    If you’re not sure if the Direction applies to you, ask yourself these three questions:

    1. In my volunteer work, do I come into contact with vulnerable people?
    2. Is my volunteer work at a higher risk of infection?
    3. Does my volunteer work include infrastructure or logistics that are critical to the Territory?

    If your answer is maybe, or I don’t know, you need to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re volunteer work includes interacting with members of the public, then you need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Volunteers, coaches, referees and managers have the potential to interact with vulnerable people include those who are aged under 12 years, are an Aboriginal person, at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and those who cannot be vaccinated due to severe reactions to all of the approved vaccines.

  • If elected members have the potential to interact with a vulnerable people, as per the CHO Directions 4 (a) a worker who, during the course of work, is likely to come into contact with a vulnerable person, the workers must be vaccinated.

    If you’re not sure if the Direction applies to you, ask yourself these three questions:

    1. In my work, do I come into contact with vulnerable people?
    2. Is my work at a higher risk of infection?
    3. Does my work include infrastructure or logistics that are critical to the Territory?

    If your answer is maybe, or I don’t know, you need to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re volunteer work includes interacting with members of the public, then you need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Vulnerable people include those who are aged under 12 years, are an Aboriginal person, at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and those who cannot be vaccinated due to severe reactions to all of the approved vaccines.

  • The mandatory vaccination Direction does not apply to workers at consulates or diplomatic premises.

  • I had my first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before the 12th November but I won’t be able to get my second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before 24 December 2021. What should I do? Do I have to stop working after 24 December 2021 until I have my second vaccination?

    If you are unable to get your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before 24 December 2021 you can apply to the Chief Health Officer (CHO) for an exemption. Please send an email to the Office of the CHO at ChiefHealthOfficer.DoH@nt.gov.au stating:

    • Why you can’t have your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before 24 December 2021
    • When you are booked in for your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
    • Evidence of your first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination

    If you receive an exemption from the CHO you will be able to continue working. However as per the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers and others within a workplace. Your employer may move you to a non-customer facing role.

    You must have your second Astra Zeneca vaccination and provide evidence to the Office of the CHO and your employer when this has occurred.