As of the 13th of May, the Public Health Order relating to vaccination of education and care workers has not been extended. This means that Early Childhood Services may choose to implement their own policies around staff vaccination.
In line with broader community settings, ECE services will now move to a risk-based assessment approach for their workforce, meaning that services may choose to implement their own policies around staff vaccination.
NSW Health continues to recommend two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and a booster shot to reduce the risk of transmission within the community.
There are many workers who either do not wish to take the vaccinations or are unable to, for medical reasons. The cumulative numbers of non-vaccinated Educators have significantly hit the sector which had been dealing with staff shortages due to the mandatory covid vaccination in child care.
Since the PHO has not been extended this will give the sector an opportunity to grow as services begin to assess and put in place their own vaccination policies in place as Educators who are unable to be vaccinated can come back and join the sector.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has prepared information with regards to vaccinations and the workplace:
For more information: COVID - 19 Guidelines For ECEE Services