COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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The Australian Government is currently rolling out a national vaccination programme for COVID-19. As a health and community care provider, we have been carefully monitoring advice provided by the Department of Health. Please see our below FAQ to help provide you with further information.

What is the Government’s roll-out strategy?

The Department of Health released a vaccine roll-out strategy in early January that outlined the planned phases for the roll-out. You can access this strategy by clicking here.

As a HenderCare or HenderCare Foundation team member, what phase am I in?

As a community care provider, HenderCare staff are classed in phase 1b.

Our understanding is that this will include both our field workers and internal office staff.

For further information, please enter your details into the Vaccine Eligibility Checker here.

When can I receive my vaccine?

The most recent advice available to us states that the Government is planning to release an online booking system for the vaccine from 1 March where those in phase 1b will be able to go online and book their vaccination. Vaccinations are planned to commence from mid-March.

How will I know when it’s my turn?

Unlike those in phase 1a, you will not be directly contacted to access your vaccination. We encourage you to listen regularly to the news and refer frequently to the Department of Health website for updates as they become available. HenderCare will also provide further information to you as we are made aware.

Do I need to provide HenderCare/HenderCare Foundation with my vaccination certificate?

Yes. Once you have received both doses of the vaccine, we ask that you please email a copy of your vaccination certificate to so this can be added to your personnel file.

Is the vaccine mandatory?

No. At this stage, HenderCare has not been informed that the vaccine is mandatory for community care staff. We will provide a further update if this changes.

Is the vaccine safe?

All vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they are approved for use in Australia. This includes careful analysis of clinical trial data, ingredients, chemistry, manufacturing and other factors.

Are there side effects?

You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.

Read more about what happens after you are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

The COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies.

Where can I find out more?

The Department of Health has put together a comprehensive website detailing information about the vaccine and roll-out strategy. For further information, please click here.




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