Deadline for disability workers to receive mandatory booster dose extended to 12 March

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The state government has extended the mandatory booster deadline for disability workers from 12 February to 12 March.

  • Disability workers who were required to receive a third dose by 12 February must provide evidence to their employer of a COVID-19 vaccination booking by 12 March to work any shifts from midnight Saturday 12 February.
  • Workers who were not due for their third dose by 12 January 2022, must have received their booster by 29 March 2022, otherwise they cannot continue to work.
  • Providers must confirm the worker has received their third dose by their booster deadline, otherwise they cannot continue to work.
  • Workers with a medical exemption must have this assessed by an authorised medical practitioner who can update the worker’s Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) or complete a Services Australia form.  Note that some exemptions are temporary.
  • Workers with a medical exemption must show employers their exemption evidence which will be updated to their AIR statement or Services Victoria covid vaccination certificate.

Vaccination after testing positive for COVID-19

Disability workers who have had COVID-19 must still receive a third dose. Vaccinations can be temporarily deferred for up to four months, provided they meet the requirements.

ATAGI advice following COVID-19 states previous infection is not a contraindication to vaccination and that vaccination can occur following recovery of acute illness from COVID. Individuals with prolonged symptoms of COVID should be assessed by their health professional.

Booking options

Book a third dose at a state vaccination centre  by booking online or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week.

People with a disability aged 16 to 17 years can visit without a booking and receive a vaccine from any state-run vaccination centre.

Book at a GP or pharmacy by using the Australian Government’s Vaccine Clinic Finder