COVID-19 Vaccinations

As a health-promoting organisation, Southern Cross Care is actively encouraging and supporting our community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Earlier this year, we fully cooperated with the Australian Department of Health to vaccinate our Residential Care residents and continue to do so with new residents as they enter our homes.

We are also actively engaging and supporting all of our staff and volunteers to get vaccinated, with a particular focus on our Residential Care staff and volunteers, who must be vaccinated by 17 September in line with the government-mandated deadline.

As of Thursday 9 September 2021, 93% of our Residential Care staff and volunteers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

To support our staff in meeting the 17 September vaccination deadline we are taking a number of actions, including:

  • Distributing regular information to staff about the benefits of vaccination, answers to common questions and information about government-mandated deadlines;
  • Providing information, booking links and phone numbers to staff enabling them to book their vaccination appointments;
  • Providing free bus transport to and from vaccination clinics for staff;
  • Supporting our staff to access paid leave entitlements to remove barriers to vaccination; 
  • Liaising with the Department of Health and local health networks to arrange in-reach (on-site) vaccination clinics;
  • Closely tracking, monitoring and reporting vaccination rates to ensure we are all working together towards our vaccination targets.

Supporting our community to get vaccinated is a key priority for Southern Cross Care and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

To learn more about the vaccination roll-out, check your eligibility and book an appointment please click here.

General advice

The Australian Government Department of Health has provided a range of advice to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Australian community, and help protect vulnerable people.

Good hygiene

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating, after going to the toilet and after touching communal surfaces or items such as furniture
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets (and supermarket trolley handles if possible)
  • to avoid touching your face

Social distancing

  • keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people whenever possible
  • avoidance of handshaking, kissing, hugging and other physical greetings
  • avoiding mass gatherings and events where possible 

Travel restrictions & self isolation

Government restrictions on interstate and domestic travel are currently being reviewed and updated on a regular basis, if you are planning on travelling interstate please take the time to review current restrictions in each state and territory. Follow the links below for the most up to date information:

We are asking all of our clients and residents to notify us if they meet any of the current travel restriction criteria, or are in self-isolation for any reason by calling 1800 852 772.

COVID-19 Testing

To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.

Contact your GP for COVID-19 testing advice and information. State and territory governments are also publishing up-to-date information about how and where to get tested on their websites. For details, please follow the links below: