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Department of State Growth

COVID-19 Visitor Vaccination Policy

Purpose

This policy outlines the department’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements for visitors entering State Growth workplaces.

Scope

This policy applies to all visitors to State Growth workplaces. Worker and contractor requirements are covered in the department’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Definitions

Approved COVID-19 vaccineMeans a vaccine that is registered, for use in respect of COVID-19 by the Therapeutic Goods administration (TGA) and is considered by the TGA to be a ‘recognised vaccine’ in respect of COVID-19. These vaccines include Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevira (AstraZeneca), COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Janssen-Cilag) and Nuvaxovid (Novavax).
ATAGIMeans the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation who advises the Minister for Health on the medical administration of vaccines available in Australia including those available through the National Immunisation Program.
COVID-19 VaccinationMeans a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in Australia.
Medical contraindicationMeans a recognised medical reaction preventing a person from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination as set out in the Health Direction as amended or replaced from time to time and/or as advised from time to time by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.
Up-to-date vaccination statusMeans having the number and timing of approved COVID-19 vaccine doses, as recommended by ATAGI, according to an individual’s age and other factors. This definition will likely need to be modified over time to reflect ATAGI recommendations
VisitorsIncludes members of the public, clients, customers and stakeholders
WorkplaceMeans department workplaces include, but are not limited to, premises occupied (or partially occupied) by the department

Policy statement

  • The department has a duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of our workers while at work and the health and safety of other persons such as visitors, is not put at risk from work carried out by the department.
  • In relation to COVID-19, this means minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace so far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Following a comprehensive work health and safety risk assessment, the department has identified that vaccination is the most effective control measure to protect our workers of exposure to COVID-19 at work.
  • A visitor entering a department workplace is not required to have an up-to-date vaccination status, however the department will seek to understand the vaccination status of a visitor and may introduce appropriate control measures to ensure the safety of the visitor, department workers and other visitors.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Visitor requirements

  • As a up-to-date vaccinated workplace, all visitors attending a department workplace will be asked to provide proof of vaccination status on entry.
  • If a visitor declines, advises they are not vaccinated and/or has a medical contraindication, the department may consider other control measures to ensure the safety of the visitor, department workers and other visitors, including:
    • The wearing of a face mask by the visitor and/or department worker.
    • Replacing face-to-face interactions with video calls.
    • Upholding other control measures outlined in the department’s COVID-19 safety plan such as capacity limits, physical distancing, cleaning and hand/cough hygiene measures.

Personal visitors

  • Friends, family and other persons attending department workplaces for personal reasons are only permitted for short periods.
  • The following control measures will be implemented:
    • Visitor to wait in reception areas.
    • Be asked for proof of vaccination.
    • Uphold other control measures outlined in the department’s COVID-19 safety plan such as capacity limits, physical distancing, cleaning and hand/cough hygiene measures.
  • Unvaccinated children are considered at high risk of exposure.
  • As a result, workers are requested to minimise any unnecessary risk to the child and our workers and restrict entry to necessary situations. If entry is required, the following control measures will be implemented:
    • The child may be asked to wear a mask.
    • Will need to wait in an area away from worker workspaces.
    • Uphold other control measures outlined in the department’s COVID-19 safety plan such as capacity limits, physical distancing, cleaning and hand/cough hygiene measures

Contact

Contact WHS@stategrowth.tas.gov.au for a copy of the State Growth COVID-19 Safety Plan or any enquiries.