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Disability Accommodation Services Visitor Direction (No. 2)

Understanding this Direction

Information to help you understand what this Direction means for visiting disability accommodation services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary

Effective from: 5pm AEST 13 May 2022

Posted: 13 May 2022

Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency

Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)

Section 362B

On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 24 June 2022 and may be further extended.

Further to this declaration, l, John Gerrard, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following directions pursuant to the powers under s 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Guidance

For the purpose of this Direction, operators of shared disability accommodation services should ensure physical distancing and risk mitigation measures are in place at a service to the extent practicable, including:

  1. providing appropriate signage that clearly states physical distancing and appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette requirements must be followed in a shared disability accommodation service;

  2. ensuring cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces, doors and high traffic areas in a shared disability accommodation service;

  3. requiring staff to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with current health advice;

  4. providing additional hand sanitising stations for residents, employees, contractors and visitors to encourage use;

  5. ensuring tables and seating in common areas of shared disability accommodation service should be managed to provide appropriate physical distancing;

  6. ensure staff are trained and procedures in place to keep family and support people informed where a resident becomes unwell or there is a diagnosed person identified in the service;

  7. encouraging any person entering the service to have a current vaccination against influenza and COVID-19, if the vaccination is available to the person;

  8. encouraging residents to continue essential community access but exercise appropriate caution when accessing the community.

    Example - considering if there are other ways to achieve access to services, maintain physical distancing or wearing a mask where physical distancing is not able to be observed.

Citation

  1. This Public Health Direction may be referred to as the Disability Accommodation Services Visitor Direction (No. 2).

Revocation

  1. The Disability Accommodation Services Visitor Direction given on 12 March 2022 is revoked from the time of publication of this public health Direction and is replaced by this Direction.

Commencement

  1. This Direction applies from the time of publication until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced.

Application

  1. This Direction applies to a person who is seeking to enter and remain in a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor for the purpose of visiting or providing support to a resident of that shared disability accommodation service, or to provide products or services on a voluntary basis, as part of their role with an organisation other than the shared disability accommodation service.

    Note: a person who is an employee, a student undertaking placement, or a volunteer engaged directly by a shared disability accommodation service is not considered a visitor who is subject to the requirements of this direction but is considered a worker in healthcare who is required to comply with the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) or its successors.

PART 1 —REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING AND REMAINING IN A SHARED DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION SERVICE

  1. A person is not permitted to enter or remain in a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor if the person:

    1. has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19; or

    2. is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, unless the test was for a surveillance testing obligation under a Public Health Directions or Protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer; or

    3. is not permitted to enter and remain in a vulnerable or high risk setting under the:

      1. Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction or its successors; or

      2. Requirements for International Arrivals Direction or its successors.

        Note: A person awaiting COVID-19 test results as part of a surveillance testing obligation must still comply with other the requirements in paragraphs 5(a) and (c). For example, a person awaiting results of a routine COVID-19 test required under a direction must not enter, or remain on, the premises of a shared disability accommodation service if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

  2. Paragraph 5 does not apply:

    1. where the person is attending as a visitor at the shared disability accommodation service, with the permission of the operator, for the purpose of an end of life visit for a resident of the shared disability accommodation service and has an exemption under Part 5 for the end of life visit; and

    2. where the visitor, is in isolation, or during the post-isolation period, is permitted to leave isolation or has an exemption under the Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction or its successors.

Restrictions on entry for unvaccinated visitors

  1. In addition to the restrictions in paragraph 5, a person who is unvaccinated, must not enter or remain in a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor, unless the person is:

    1. under 16 years of age; or

    2. unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a medical contraindication and has evidence of a recognised medical contraindication; or

    3. a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant, and receipt of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine would impact the validity of the trial. As this exemption is temporary, the medical certificate must not have expired; or

    4. entering the premises for an end of life visit for a resident of a shared disability accommodation service; or

      Note: an exemption is not needed for an unvaccinated person entering into a shared disability accommodation service for an end-of-life-visit unless the person is also a diagnosed person, close contact or international arrival.

    5. entering the premises to provide support to a resident in an emergency situation; or

    6. maintaining continuity of care to a resident of a shared disability accommodation service, including accompanying a resident or advocacy services that cannot be delivered by electronic or non-contact means.

      Note: A parent, carer, guardian, or other responsible adult who is not fully vaccinated will need to comply with the risk mitigation measures put in place by the shared disability accommodation service. For example, this may require wearing a single use-surgical face mask, safely physically distancing from others or having a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the shared disability accommodation service. Only one unvaccinated parent carer, guardian or responsible adult will be allowed to accompany a resident at a time.

      Note: A resident may require support from an advocate or person who has provided long-term informal support. This could include behavioural support, disability support or support due to significant health needs.

Obligation on operators

  1. The operator must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the premises of a shared disability accommodation service if the person is prohibited from doing so under this Direction.

  2. The operator must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person who is permitted to enter and remain in a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor, for the duration of their visit, complies with any conditions or restrictions required by:

    1. this Direction; and

    2. any other public health direction.

  3. Nothing in this Direction is to be taken to prevent a resident of a shared disability accommodation service from entering or remaining upon the premises of the shared disability accommodation service. A resident may continue to access any areas of the shared disability accommodation service to which they normally have access, subject to a direction to self-quarantine or self-isolate in accordance with a public health direction.

  4. Nothing in this Direction should be taken as limiting the right of people living in shared disability accommodation service from leaving the service. Subject to any general public health direction limiting movement and gatherings by members of the public, operators should ensure essential community access can continue, with appropriate physical distancing and good hygiene practices observed.

Public Health Measures – visitors and volunteers

  1. A visitor to a shared disability accommodation service must:

    1. to the extent reasonably practicable, practise physical distancing and limit their contact with other persons at the shared disability accommodation service; and

    2. comply with any or all of the following requirements:

      1. face mask requirements in another public health direction;

      2. additional personal protective equipment requirements;

      3. any other additional visitor restrictions implemented by the operator of a shared disability accommodation service to effectively manage an outbreak.

COVID Response - Residents

  1. The operator must take reasonable steps to develop and document appropriate processes to ensure residents and their unique needs can be immediately identified in a COVID-19 event.

    Example: Ensure residents’ personal preferences and needs are documented appropriately, for example by keeping a hard copy of each resident’s relevant records securely stored in the facility, including current medications list, personal care requirements and preferences, and their advance care planning documents and directions.

  2. The operator may permit a resident to leave the shared disability accommodation service for any purpose.

PART 3 – ELECTRONIC COLLECTION OF CONTACT INFORMATION

  1. The operator must make all reasonable efforts to electronically collect contact information about all visitors to a shared disability accommodation service at the time of entry, by either:

    1. requesting visitors use the Check In Qld app; or

    2. registering visitors through the Business Profile mode of the Check In Qld app.

      Example – a visitor may be unable to use the Check In Qld app due to age, disability, language barriers or does not possess the technology or own a mobile phone. The shared disability accommodation service must register the visitor through the Business Profile mode.

  2. Despite paragraph 15, an operator is not required to request a visitor’s contact information under paragraph 15 if:

    1. the visitor is entering a shared disability accommodation service in an emergency or entering to provide emergency services; or

    2. the visitor is or appears to be younger than 16 years old; or

    3. it is not reasonable to request contact information based on compassionate grounds or a risk to a visitor’s safety.

  3. An operator must make all reasonable efforts to clearly display the Check In Qld app QR code at each entry to the shared disability accommodation service that is used by visitors.

    Note: The Check In Qld app QR code may be made available inside the entrance to the shared disability accommodation service.

  4. A person who is permitted to enter a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor, must at the time of entry provide the person’s contact information to the operator by:

    1. using the Check In Qld App; or

    2. providing their contact details to the operator to be registered using the Business Profile mode of the Check In Qld app; or

    3. if another method of collection is being used under paragraph 21, using that method.

  5. If a visitor is unable to provide contact information because of age, disability or an inability to speak or comprehend the language used by the Check In Qld App or the other method of collection, another person may provide contact information on the visitor’s behalf.

  6. Despite paragraph 18 a person who is permitted to enter and remain in a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor is not required to provide their contact information to the operator if:

    1. the visitor is entering a shared disability accommodation service in an emergency or entering to provide emergency services; or

    2. the visitor is under the age of 16 years old; or

    3. it is not reasonable for a visitor to provide contact information based on compassionate grounds or a risk to a visitor’s safety.

      Example – a support person arriving at the service to respond to an emergency situation relating to a resident is not required to provide their contact information on entry to the shared disability accommodation service.

Collection of contact information using another method due to temporary circumstances

  1. If an operator cannot electronically collect contact information for visitors to the shared disability accommodation service at the time of entry because it is not possible to use the Check In Qld app due to unexpected circumstances or because the business is located in a place that does not have mobile internet data connection, the person must collect and keep contact information using another method.

    Example – another electronic method such as a spreadsheet or another method such as a paper-based form

    Note - unexpected circumstances may include temporary issues with failure of an internet service or breakdown in the Check In Qld app.

  2. If contact information is collected using ‘another method’ under paragraph 21, the operator must:

    1. use best endeavours to transfer any non-electronic information to an electronic system within 24 hours of collecting the information; and

    2. comply with the requirements for collection and storage; and

    3. if requested, provide the information collected under paragraph 21 and the electronic information under paragraph 22 to a public health officer within a stated time.

PART 4 –VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS

Obligations for visitors entering a shared disability accommodation service

  1. A visitor aged 16 years or older who enters or remains in a shared disability accommodation service must, prior to entry, provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant, unless permitted to enter under paragraph 7.

  2. If a visitor is unable to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant because of age, disability or language barrier or technology used when requesting the proof or evidence, another person may provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or medical contraindication or evidence of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant on the person’s behalf.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or medical contraindication

  1. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant (printed or electronic) includes:

    1. written confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination provided to the person as part of the vaccination process, such as a record of vaccine card; or

    2. vaccination information displayed on the Check in Qld app; or

    3. a COVID-19 digital certificate or printed vaccination certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register; or

    4. an online or printed immunisation history statement for COVID-19 vaccination, including confirmation of a medical contraindication; or

      Note: A patron’s immunisation history statement can be obtained from the Australian Government using myGov, the Medicare mobile app or by calling the Australian Immunisation Register and requesting a statement to be posted.

      Note: If a person is unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a recognised medical contraindication, they must provide evidence of a medical contraindication. Upon provision of evidence of a recognised medical contraindication, a person will be treated as if they are fully vaccinated.

    5. evidence of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant;

    6. an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate:

      1. in a printed or electronic form from the Department of Home Affairs that confirms completion of an Digital Passenger Declaration and vaccination against COVID-19 overseas; or

      2. through Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app; or

      3. an official record of vaccination provided to the person when vaccinated against COVID-19 overseas.

Requirements for operators in relation to visitors

  1. An operator, must, make all reasonable efforts to confirm that the visitor entering and remaining on their premises is fully vaccinated by requesting and sighting proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant (printed or electronic).

  2. An operator is not required to request a visitor’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination, evidence of recognised medial contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant (printed or electronic) under paragraph 26 if:

    1. the visitor is or appears to be younger than 16 years old; or

      NOTE: Whilst a person who is 5 years or older is eligible to be fully vaccinated, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is only required for a visitor who is 16 years or older.

    2. the visitor is exercising law enforcement, intelligence, or national security functions on behalf of a government agency; or

    3. the visitor enters in an emergency or is entering to provide emergency services; or

    4. it is not reasonable to collect proof of COVID-19 vaccination due to a risk to the safety of staff and other visitors,

    5. the person is otherwise permitted to enter as an unvaccinated person under paragraph 7.

PART 5 — EXEMPTION

  1. The Queensland Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or their delegate may grant an exemption from all or part of this Direction, with or without conditions, in writing, to an individual or class or individuals who does not meet the requirements prescribed in paragraph 5, to enter and remain in a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor for an end of life visit or in other exceptional circumstances.

  2. An exemption granted under paragraph 28 may be given on conditions and if so, the person given the exemption must comply with all conditions imposed.

  3. If a person enters a shared disability accommodation service as a visitor under paragraph 28, the operator must take reasonable steps to manage the person’s visit in accordance with the conditions imposed by the Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or delegate under the exemption.

    Example: The operator may need to ensure the resident being visited is in a single room, the visitor wears appropriate personal protective equipment, is escorted to and from the room, and avoids common areas and contact with other residents, visitors and staff

PART 6 — OTHER MATTERS

  1. An emergency officer (public health) can require the operator to comply with additional directions if the emergency officer believes the direction is reasonably necessary to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

  2. Definitions used in this Direction are in Schedule 1.

PART 7 – PENALTIES

A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.

Section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005 provides:

Failure to comply with public health directions

  • A person to whom a public health direction applies must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
  • Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

Dr John Gerrard
Chief Health Officer

13 May 2022

Published on the Queensland Health website at 5pm AEST.

SCHEDULE 1 - Definitions

For the purposes of this Public Health Direction:

Australia means the Commonwealth of Australia and includes the external territories of Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands and Heard and McDonald Islands but excludes the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Business Profile mode means the ability for businesses to electronically register by entering customer contact details via ‘Check in Qld Business Profile mode’ listed in the profile section of the app.

Check In Qld app means the app developed by the Queensland Government for contact tracing purposes which, when used by a person, provides the Queensland Government with the person’s contact information and details of the person’s attendance at a shared disability accommodation service.

Note – Each person should check in individually using the Check In Qld app or have a person in their group or the service check in on their behalf.

Contact information means the information collected by the Check in Qld app or, if another collection method is permitted under this Direction, the name, phone number, email address, and the date and time of attendance of visitors.

COVID-19 digital certificate means an electronic certificate outlining a person’s vaccination status for the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 PCR test means for a person who is:

  1. 12 months of age or over, an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab of a person who is 12 months of age or over, for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to detect whether a person has the COVID-19 virus.

  2. under 12 months of age, a saliva swab for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to detect whether a person has the COVID-19 virus.

    Note: A COVID-19 PCR test does not include a self-test.

COVID-19 RAT means a Rapid Antigen Test approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to detect whether the person has the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 test means a COVID-19 PCR test or a COVID-19 RAT approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements has the same meaning as in the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) or its successors.

COVID-19 vaccine means a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration or endorsed by WHO-COVAX and the vaccine was obtained overseas.

COVID-19 vaccine trial means a medical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine under either the Clinical Trial Notification or Clinical Trial Approval schemes regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

COVID-19 vaccine trial participant means a person who:

  1. is an active participant in a COVID-19 vaccine trial; and

  2. provides a medical certificate or letter from a medical practitioner, registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) associated with the COVID-19 vaccine trial confirming that:

    1. the person is participating in a Phase 3 or 4 COVID-19 vaccine trial; and

    2. the person has received at least one active dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being trialled.

Eligible health professional means any of the following:

  • a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (as defined by the Health Insurance Act 1973 Cth); or

  • a fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (as defined by the Health Insurance Act 1973 Cth); or

  • a person listed on Medicare’s Vocation Register of General Practitioners (as defined by the Health Insurance Act 1973 Cth); or

  • a practice registrar on an approved 3GA training placement; or

  • a paediatrician; or

  • a public health physician; or

  • an infectious diseases physician; or

  • a clinical immunologist.

Emergency officer (public health) means an emergency officer appointed under the Public Health Act 2005.
Note: Emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act 2005 include environmental health officers and police.

Emergency services means staff who respond to and deal with emergencies when they occur, such as ambulance service, police and the fire brigade.

End of life visit means a visit by a person for the purposes of end-of-life support for a resident.

Essential community access means leaving the facility for essential activities, including to receive or access health care, disability services, attend employment, obtain food or other essential goods or services or access outdoor physical or recreational activity related to a person’s physical or mental wellbeing, including to assist with providing behavioral support.

Evidence of a recognised medical contraindication means the person has a current:

  1. COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register, or

  2. Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) immunisation medical exemptions form completed and signed by an eligible health professional for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Notes: some medical contraindications are temporary and therefore the record or completed form may only be valid for a period of time.

    A current completed and signed AIR immunisation medical exemption form is valid in printed or digital form.

Face mask means a flat surgical mask, P2/N95 mask or a cloth mask with three layers that covers the nose and mouth (but does not include a face shield) or other type of face mask required to be worn by a person to comply with any personal protective equipment guidelines and/or COVID safe plans for a facility or service.

Note – a scarf or bandana is not a face mask.

Fully vaccinated means a person who is 16 years of age or over has received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Note: Information about the World Health Organization COVAX program and WHO emergency use listing is available here: WHO COVID-19 vaccines.

Note: a person who has evidence of a medical contraindication is treated as being fully vaccinated

Immunisation history statement means a statement that displays all the immunisations a person has had that are on the Australian Immunisation Register.

Note: further information can be found on:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register

International arrival has the same meaning as under the Requirements for International Arrivals Directions or its successors.

International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate means a secure record of vaccinations for people travelling internationally that meets agreed international travel standards.

Note: further information can be found on:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/what-types-proof-there-are/international-covid-19-vaccination-certificate-proof

Medical contraindication means a person has a current:

  1. COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register or

  2. Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) immunisation medical exemptions form completed and signed by an eligible health professional for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Notes: some medical contraindications are temporary and therefore the record or completed form may only be valid for a period of time.

    A current completed and signed AIR immunisation medical exemption form is valid in printed or digital form.

Operator means a person who owns, controls or operates the shared disability accommodation service.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) means the relevant personal protective equipment referred to in Queensland Health’s Shared disability accommodation service and Disability Accommodation PPE Guidance

Physical distancing includes remaining at least 1.5 metres away from other persons where possible.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination means evidence provided as outlined in Part 4 that verifies a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Note: a person who provides or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant is treated as if they are fully vaccinated.

Public health officer includes an emergency officer (general), a contact tracing officer or an authorised person under section 377 of the Public Health Act 2005.

Requirements for collection and storage means:

  1. securely storing contact information and not using it for any other purpose, other than for contact tracing; and

  2. deleting the information after not less than 30 days and not more than 56 days.

Resident of a shared disability accommodation service means a person who is ordinarily or temporarily resident at the facility.

Shared disability accommodation service and Disability Accommodation PPE Guidance means the Queensland Health document Pandemic Response Guidance: Personal protective equipment in Residential Aged Care and Disability accommodation services

[https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/1003633/pandemic-response-guide-ppe-agedcare-disability-services.pdf], or its successor.

Shared disability accommodation service means a service, including the forensic disability service under the Forensic Disability Act 2011, where:

  1. four or more people with disability reside with people who are not members of their family; and

  2. the residents share enclosed common living areas within the facility whether inside or outside, and

  3. the residents are provided with disability supports within the facility.

Student has the same meaning as in the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) or its successors.

Surveillance testing obligation means a requirement under a Public Health Direction or Protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer for a person to be routinely tested for COVID-19, who does not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is not required to self-isolate while awaiting a test result unless there is another lawful reason for them to isolate.

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 means fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), headache, loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Unvaccinated means the person has not received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Visitor means a person who is entering the shared disability accommodation service for the purpose of collecting, visiting or providing support to a resident, or a person who enters the shared disability accommodation service to provide products or services on a voluntary basis, as part of their role with an organisation other than the shared disability accommodation service, but does not include:

  1. a resident of a shared disability accommodation service;

  2. a worker in healthcare that is working at the shared disability accommodation service, whether paid or not;

  3. a contractor providing construction, repair, or maintenance services on an unscheduled or intermittent basis;

  4. emergency services staff;

  5. a person undertaking a legislated, regulatory, or compliance function;

  6. union official undertaking official duties in response to an emergent need;

  7. a person, permitted by the operator to maintain continuity of care for a patient that cannot be delivered by electronic or non-contact means.

Note: a person who is engaged directly by the shared disability accommodation service for unpaid services is not considered a visitor for the purposes of this Direction but is considered a worker in healthcare that is required to comply with the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) or its successors.

Volunteer has the same meaning as in the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) or its successors.

Vulnerable or high risk setting has the same meaning as in the Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction or its successors.

Worker in healthcare has the same meaning as in the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) or its successors.

Last updated: 13 May 2022

Pandemic Response Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment

The Pandemic Response Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment provides additional guidance about the recommended use of PPE in shared disability accommodation services depending on the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 that has been identified. This guidance should be used to keep residents, employees and other people entering shared disability accommodation services safe.