COVID-19 Vaccination Rates of Aged Care Residents Now Publicly Available

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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The Federal Government has now made COVID-19 vaccination rates of aged care residents publicly available to increase vaccination uptake as part of the Government’s Winter Plan.

As of the 1st of August 2022, the aggregated data for each residential aged care home is available in both a list and interactive map. The data is drawn from the Australian Immunisation Register, and will be updated weekly. It is available on the Department of Health and Aged Care website at health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/residential-aged-care-residents-covid-19-vaccination-rates

The data shows the following for residential aged care homes in Hilltops:

  • Young, Mercy Place Mount St Joseph’s: 80-89 per cent of residents have received three vaccine doses, and of the residents who received their third dose over three months ago, 90-100 per cent have had their fourth dose.
  • Young, Southern Cross Care Young Residential Aged Care: 60-69 per cent of residents have received three vaccine doses, and of the residents who received their third dose over three months ago, 80-89 per cent have had their fourth dose.
  • Harden Murrumburrah, Harden District Hospital: 80-100 per cent of residents have received three vaccine doses, and of the residents who received their third dose over three months ago, 60-79 per cent have had their fourth dose.
  • Boorowa, Burrowa House: 80-100 per cent of residents have received three vaccine doses, and of the residents who received their third dose over three months ago, 80-100 per cent have had their fourth dose.

Minister for Aged Care the Hon. Anika Wells, said the now public information on third and fourth dose vaccination rates would drive further vaccination rates in the sector.

“COVID-19 vaccination rates have risen significantly since Minister Mark Butler and I jointly wrote to aged care providers urging them to support residents to access a fourth dose,” Minister Wells said.

“I strongly encourage aged care providers to continue to organise fourth doses as soon as residents are eligible, to ensure they have maximum protection.”

The published information does not take into account the eligibility of aged care residents for a COVID-19 vaccine following COVID-19 infection. Each residential aged care home’s vaccination rate is published as a range, for example 80 to 89 per cent, to protect residents’ privacy.

Privacy laws and policies relevant to electronic publishing of health data also apply to the publication of aged care residents’ COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Residential aged care homes are responsible for ensuring their aged care residents have access to recommended COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are eligible.

KP Carmody

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