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Friday 17 December 2021

This is an archived Newsletter. The information may be outdated.

For the latest COVID-19 information, please refer to the SA Government COVID-19 website.

Sector staff get COVID-19 booster now

Dear sector colleagues,

As the holidays loom I know we are all working hard to keep the people we support safe and ensure continuity of services. This means having fully vaccinated staff AND, if eligible, a COVID-19 booster.

Why a booster?

DHS has been working with SA Health to change the Arrivals - Associated Direction which restricts people who have returned to SA from Victoria, NSW or the ACT from entering a high-risk setting for seven days. This current Associated Direction would have severely hampered the sector's ability to schedule sufficient staff.

We anticipate there will shortly be a provision to enable staff to return to a high-risk workplace if:

  • they are double vaccinated against COVID-19, AND
  • have received a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible).

I would encourage all of you to inform your staff to book here to receive their booster NOW. Current guidelines for a COVID-19 booster are five months since your last vaccination.

Following on from my COVID-19 Update on Wednesday 15 December, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight important issues regarding COVID-19 and our sector.

We have already had reports of COVID-19 in some of our care homes, while some staff have become close contacts and have had to isolate. It is important we all continue to review and update our business continuity and risk management plans so we can provide continuity of service in these tough times.

Resources are available for the disability sector to assist with this planning, such as the COVID-19 Toolkit website that has been developed by National Disability Services (NDS). The Toolkit provides essential information for disability service providers, including a comprehensive guide to business continuity planning.

Who do I contact regarding a positive COVID-19 case or close contact?

DHS's COVID Response Team is currently receiving a number of calls and enquiries from providers regarding a range of issues, from close contacts to positive cases.

Disability providers are encouraged to contact the Team when dealing with a positive case of COVID in a client or employee if they have not been contacted by SA Health within 4 to 5 hours of receiving notification of the positive test result.

Resources and contacts for other COVID-19 information

Best regards,

Lois Boswell

Chief Executive

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