HammondCare extends vaccine mandate to all staff

HammondCare has moved to make vaccination compulsory for all staff, extending existing mandates to home care workers, dementia support consultants and corporate staff across Australia.

Home and community care providers will soon join the residential sector in facing mandatory vaccination reporting requirements.

HammondCare has moved to make vaccination compulsory for all staff, extending existing mandates to home care workers, dementia support consultants and corporate staff across Australia.

HammondCare staff

The policy applies to all of HammondCare’s 4000 employees, as well as contractors who supply services to clients, and will take effect from the end of the month.

Staff who are not yet vaccinated are required to have received or booked their first vaccination by the end of October.

They will have to send through proof of a booking by October 31.

Vaccination became mandatory for residential aged care staff in September and the NSW, NT, ACT and Victorian governments have announced mandatory vaccination for home and community aged care workers.

Support from staff

The decision to make vaccination a requirement of employment for all roles at HammondCare follows a survey of staff which found 85 per cent of respondents supported the move.

Of the 2,300 staff who responded, 95 per cent indicated having all HammondCare staff vaccinated would be well received by clients and their families.

Chief Executive Mike Baird said the decision was supported by advice from HammondCare’s Clinical Governance Committee.

“Our motivation, as always, is what is best for the people we care for – vaccination is the greatest protection against COVID-19,” Mr Baird said.

Bay Warburton

General Manager Bay Warburton said 100 per cent of HammondCare’s home care staff have now had their first jab and 87 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“HammondCare has been emphasising the priority of vaccination for all staff, including HammondCare At Home staff, for some time, including offering on-site vaccination clinics and support,” he told Community Care Review.

HammondCare At Home, which operates in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT has about 1500 staff and more than 10,00 clients.

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