10 May 2021
Dear Resident Representative,
Re: 2021 Influenza Vaccine for All Visitors
NSW Health have advised us that from 1 June 2021 all visitors need to have received a dose of the current 2021 Influenza Vaccination. This is the same requirement as last year, and we plan to manage it in the same way, by issuing visitor cards that verify that a visitor has had the flu vax. There is a bit of administration for all of us in setting it up and getting the cards distributed, but after that it seems to work pretty well for everyone.
As we only have a few weeks before this comes into effect, and we want to avoid the embarrassment of having to turn someone away because they haven’t produced evidence of their current 2021 Influenza Vaccination, we are asking that you act quickly and provide us with your evidence as soon as possible by email.
To make things simple, once you provide your evidence, we will give you a new plastic Authorised Visitor Card for 2021 that you will keep and use each time you visit.
To order a visitor card we ask that you email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your first name and surname.
- The name of the resident you will be visiting.
- The facility you need access to: (that is: St Francis, St Clare, St Joseph’s, St Anthony’s, St Helen’s, Assunta, or Alverna).
- Some evidence of your current 2021 Influenza Vaccination.
- The best telephone number to contact you on quickly, if clarification of your evidence is required.
The evidence of your vaccination can be either:
- A copy of your immunisation history statement available from Medicare Online; or
- A statement or record of your vaccination from a GP or other health practitioner (unfortunately, payment receipts only are not sufficient evidence).
We will acknowledge receipt of the information by email, you will be added to a list of Authorised Visitors, and a plastic Authorised Visitor card will be available for you to collect at the facility’s screening desk. Then, each time you visit, you will just show us the printed card and some photo identification. Once received, make sure you keep your card in a safe place. We also suggest you keep a copy of your influenza vaccination evidence with you until you have received your card, just in case you need to visit before the card is ready.
Please note that as visitor cards are not transferable, each visitor will need to request and receive their own individual card. We will of course accept requests for cards for dependents or another member of your household if you are able provide their evidence.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to comply with this NSW Health requirement. At this stage, NSW Health have advised this will remain in place until at least 30 September 2021. I can be contacted on (02) 9832-5406 if you have any questions or if for any reason you are not able to provide your evidence by email.
Quality and Performance Manager