Advice on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers
Posted on: 7th September 2021
NSW Ministry of Health Mental Health Branch has provided the following advice to providers on the requirement for health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by 30 September 2021.
This information is provided by the Ministry regarding the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021
“In summary, we can confirm that the Order applies to Health-funded NGOs if they or their staff are delivering services for a Public Health Organisation.
The relevant clauses in the Order are:
- health care worker means each of the following— (a) a person who does work, including as a member of staff of the NSW Health Service, for any of the following— (i) a public health organisation within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997, (ii) the Health Administration Corporation, (iii) the Ambulance Service of NSW, (b) a registered paramedic who does work involving transporting, or assessing whether to transport, persons to or from a hospital or public health facility, including any treatment incidental to the work, (c) a member of staff of the Ministry of Health, (d) a person who does work at a private health facility
- Work is however broadly defined: the Order stating it includes (a) work done under a contract of service or a contract for services, including work done by a visiting practitioner within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997, and (b) work done as a volunteer or by or for a charitable organisation, and (c) work done by a student on a student placement, and (d) work done on a temporary basis, including while acting in or filling an office or other role because of a vacancy or absence.
Therefore, if someone is “working” for a Public Health Organisation, including under a contract or as a charitable organisation, they would be covered.
This means that health care workers include workers in NGO services if an NGO has a contract with NSW Health to deliver services OR the work is by or for a charitable organisation.”