Flu vaccination condition of entry to aged care

April 2021

The Queensland Chief Health Officer has mandated that after May 3, 2021, anyone entering an aged care site must have an up-to-date influenza vaccination.

What do I have to do?

You will need to get the latest flu vaccination if you would like to enter our aged care service for any reason after 3 May. You can do this through your GP or pharmacy.

Once vaccinated, you will be required to bring along proof of vaccination at each visit. This will either be a receipt form your GP or pharmacist, or a record from your Australian immunisation Register,  which you can access on the Medicare App on your phone.

Are there any exemptions?

There are only two exemptions to this Queensland Government mandate

  1. You have a medical reason for not being able tolerate the flu vaccine,
  2. You are observing the recommended waiting period between receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and the influenza vaccine.

Please discuss with your GP if you believe either of those exemption criteria apply to you. You will be required to show evidence that these apply to be eligible for an exemption.

Thank you for your understanding

This mandated requirement was only released by the Queensland Government on Thursday 8 April. We recognise this is a short time frame to arrange your vaccination. However, this a mandatory requirement and we are unable to be flexible on this.

Please direct any health questions to your GP.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact your site manager.

Thanks again for your understanding and patience.