Vaccinating health-care workers also has benefits beyond their individual protection: While the federal government has told aged care providers they must offer the flu vaccine to their staff this winter, there is no requirement for staff to accept the vaccine. Adding financial incentives or disincentivesor making it mandatory, would result in much larger gains in vaccination rates. The government also provided the vaccine free to all Victorian hospitals. Similar results may be achieved through other methods. On June 1, health workers in New South Wales will be required to have a flu vaccination if they work in high-risk clinical areas, such as wards for neonatal care, transplants and cancer. So, the risk of coercive policies may be greater than the relatively small gains achieved by coercive methods. It aims to protect vulnerable patients and the health system from another disastrous flu season like in Making the flu shot mandatory, as NSW has done this year, would simply add the the list of vaccinations health workers are required to have. Some hospitals have been able to achieve higher vaccination rates in the short term through easy access to vaccines, education, reminders and multiple opportunities for vaccination.
- Aged care workers Get flu vaccinations or potentially lose your job
- Department of Health Mandatory vaccine programs to curb aged care influenza
Mandatory Influenza (flu) vaccination program for residential aged care providers The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency).
Aged care workers Get flu vaccinations or potentially lose your job
The provision of influenza vaccination programs to all staff in residential aged care homes will be compulsory, as the Australian Government. NSW is the only state to make flu vaccination mandatory for some health workers.
It aims to protect vulnerable patients and the health system.
Institutions that have implemented a mandatory policy have dramatically reduced employee sick days as well as flu in hospitals, thereby improving patient safety and reducing health care costs. Some argue vaccination of health workers is a moral dutywhile others state individual freedom of choice is more important than protection of patients.
The government also provided the vaccine free to all Victorian hospitals.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is accompanied by his wife, Lucy, to the Albert Park Bowls Club in Melbourne to announce the government will provide two new flu vaccines free to people over It aims to protect vulnerable patients and the health system from another disastrous flu season like in
A national review of aged care homes found that only 3.
In most states and territories, staff are required to have vaccines for or show evidence of protection against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and varicella chicken pox.
Encouragingly, the review found that aged care homes that ran free vaccination programs for staff had higher coverage than those that only encouraged staff to be vaccinated elsewhere. The most effective way to improve flu vaccination rates among health workers in high-risk clinical areas and aged care facilities is to make it mandatory. The most effective way to improve vaccination rates among health workers is to make it mandatory.
On June 1, health workers in New South Wales will be required to have a flu vaccination if they work in high-risk clinical areas, such as wards for neonatal care, transplants and cancer. But these initiatives require ongoing resources and continual efforts — a one-off vaccination day is not enough.