COVID Vaccination Information for Public Health members

Your HSU representatives have been receiving a significant number of enquiries from HSU members in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations for NSW Health staff and the establishment of vaccination clinics across NSW.

As with all Public Health efforts, your HSU representatives are very supportive of efforts to keep staff and the community safe, including the vital role vaccination plays.  

Member questions have included:

  • Does NSW Health intend to make the vaccination mandatory for some or all staff?
  • Which staff will receive the vaccination and at what stage? This includes seeking more detail about staff who provide services into higher risk areas such as Emergency, COVID Clinics, COVID Wards etc., and the priority of the vaccination being offered to them.
  • Which staff will be deployed to staff the Vaccination Clinics? How will the additional workload be backfilled including support services (e.g. Security, IT, Admin, Cleaning etc.)?
  • When and how will consultation around the establishment of the vaccination clinics occur with staff and their HSU representatives?

As well as many other questions.

These questions are being asked of the Ministry of Health, with meetings occurring next week to seek this additional information.

In the meantime, members can read the current NSW Health advice relating to the vaccination of health workers here:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/covid-vaccination-health-workers.aspx

As with any new or changed process, it very important that HSU members are aware they have rights to consultation and to have issues and questions responded to and resolved.

In the event you are affected by any workplace change and have concerns about that change, please contact the HSU by email memberservices@hsu.asn.au or phone 1300 478 679.

Only HSU members receive representation during a workplace change process. Encourage your workmates to join online at www.hsu.asn.au/join or phone 1300 478 679.