Vaccination Information


Reviewed Oct 2021

Purpose

The purpose of this page is to provide information to our SPS partner schools on how SPS is meeting its obligations in relation to the COVID -19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4).  As a provider of education services with speech pathologists, who are authorised allied health workers, SPS complies with the Directions in the same way as any other education operator or allied healthcare operator.

Speech Pathology for Schools Pty Ltd ABN 72616734537 collects, records and holds vaccination information about its workers.  This information can be provided to operators of education facilities, that is, our partner schools and Authorised Officers on a need-to-know basis.

 

How to obtain Vaccination Information of SPS workers

Where any SPS partner school requires Vaccination Information of SPS workers for the purpose of compliance with the CVOID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Direction (No 4) SPS will provide access to this information upon request.

For access to Vaccination Information of SPS workers please email your request to admin@speech.edu.au

Background

 

The Victorian Government, on 29 Sep 2021, issued the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4).  These directions impose obligations on operators of education facilities to:

 

  • collect, record and hold vaccination information of workers as soon as possible; and

  • take reasonable steps to prevent entry of unvaccinated workers into education facilities as soon as possible. 

 

Vaccination information includes vaccination status, vaccination bookings and proof of vaccination.

Privacy statement
  • SPS protects the privacy of personal information including vaccination information.

  • SPS complies with the Australian Privacy Act (1988) and the Victorian Health Records Act (2001).

  • In accordance with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4),  SPS must collect, record and hold vaccination information about SPS workers.  SPS will collect this information from our workers using the SPS VaxApp and this vaccination information will be securely stored in the same way as all other personal employment information SPS may hold.

  • Vaccination information includes vaccination status, vaccination bookings and proof of vaccination. SPS collects this information for the purpose of administering our worker's employment as an allied health authorised worker attending education facilities.

  • SPS will only use this information for the purpose of complying with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4).

  • SPS vaccination information may be disclosed to operators of education facilities and Authorised Officers if required by law on a need-to-know basis.

Vaccination Statuses

 

The following vaccination statuses have been defined in :

 

  • Fully vaccinated.  A worker is considered fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Partially vaccinated.  A worker is considered partially vaccinated if you have received one doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and are not an excepted person.

  • Unvaccinated.  A worker is considered unvaccinated if they have not received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are are not an excepted person.

  • Excepted person. A worker is considered an excepted person if they have obtained a certificate from a medical practitioner indicating that they are unable, due to a medical contraindication, to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • If an SPS worker chooses not to provide vaccination information or decline to submit their vaccination status they will be treated as if they are unvaccinated for the purpose of the Victorian COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4) as they apply to education facilities.

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Vaccination deadlines

 

Workers in education facilities and/or authorised allied health workers are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible with the following deadlines defined in the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4):

 

  • First dose deadline.  25 October 2021.

  • Second dose deadline. 15 December 2021.

  • Relevant date.  18 October 2021.  If an SPS worker is scheduled to work at an education facility on or after this date, SPS has an obligation to collect and record your vaccination information.  As all SPS speech pathologists are scheduled to work at education facilities on or after this date the collection of vaccination information applies to all SPS speech pathologists.

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Proof of vaccination

 

Vaccination information is information about a workers vaccination status and includes:

  • Information derived from the Australian Immunisation Register accessible from the myGov account, including the digital certificate of your Vaccination Status (immunisation history statement) available as a PDF document.

  • For an Excepted Person, a certificate from a medical practitioner indicating that you are unable, due to a medical contraindication, to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Vaccination information may be recorded in a variety of documents including letters from medical practioners, certificates of immunisation, or digital certificates obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register.