The Federal Government has made COVID-19 vaccination rates of aged care residents publicly available in an effort to increase vaccination uptake as part of its Winter Plan.
As of August 1, 2022, the aggregated data for each residential aged care facility is available in both a list and an interactive map.
Data is drawn from the Australian Immunisation Register and will be updated weekly, and available on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.
The data currently shows the following for residential care homes in the Hawkesbury region (the first percentage range relates to residents who have received three vaccine doses and the second range indicates the residents who, of those who had received their third dose over three months ago, have had their fourth dose):
Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Anika Wells said the now public information on third and fourth-dose vaccination rates would drive further vaccination rates in the sector.
“COVID-19 vaccination rates have risen significantly since Minister Mark Butler and I jointly wrote to aged care providers urging them to support residents to access a fourth dose,” Minister Wells said.
“I strongly encourage aged care providers to continue to organise fourth doses as soon as residents are eligible, to ensure they have maximum protection.”
The published information does not take into account the eligibility of aged care residents for a COVID-19 vaccine following COVID-19 infection.
Each residential aged care home’s vaccination rate is published as a range, for example, 80 to 89 per cent, to protect residents’ privacy.
Privacy laws and policies relevant to the electronic publishing of health data also apply to the publication of aged care residents’ COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Residential aged care homes are responsible for ensuring their aged care residents have access to recommended COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are eligible.
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