Australia’s largest aged care provider left in limbo about staff Covid vaccines six weeks into rollout

Australia’s largest aged care provider left in limbo about staff Covid vaccines six weeks into rollout

The Guardian

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Exclusive: Bupa says it has yet to receive any plan from the government on when its workforce will be immunised

Australia’s biggest private aged care provider says the government gave it no plan for the vaccination of its aged care workforce prior to last week’s AstraZeneca announcement, and says it is now waiting on authorities to finish rethinking their strategy.

Aged care staff were initially supposed to be vaccinated as part of the highest priority cohort under phase 1a – a recognition of the risk they pose for transmission into aged care facilities. The government, though, has shifted its plans and is yet to provide any data on how many aged care workers have been vaccinated so far, even in the new, more comprehensive datasets it has now released.

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