New Registration & Vaccination Requirements for Workers
- 6 Sep 2021
Some workers are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination before they can continue to work.
COVID-19 vaccination for workers information including specific industry requirements, aged care workers & others who work in or enter aged care facilities, how to book a vaccination, support telephone lines, medical exemptions and related information is available on the NSW Government website. Selected specific information from this page is published below.
Authorised workers refer to people who live in a declared local government area (LGA) of concern and are authorised to leave their LGA for work purposes.
The list of authorised workers includes persons working in education (including early childhood), health care and social assistance including community housing, disability services, aged care workers, family violence and sexual assault services.
The LGAs of Concern are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and Penrith for the following suburbs: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
From 9 September 2021, if you are over the age of 16 and live in a local government area of concern, you must not leave your local government area for work unless you have:
- had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or
- an appointment booked to be vaccinated on or before 19 September 2021 and have evidence of the appointment or
- evidence of a medical exemption
From 20 September 2021, you will only be able to leave your local government area for work if you have:
- had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
- evidence of a medical exemption.
These requirements do not apply to authorised workers before 9 September 2021, or to workers on construction sites who have special vaccination requirements (as set our below). Authorised workers who are unable to have a COVID-19 vaccine can request a COVID-19 vaccination exemption for medical reasons.
(Note that the dates above have been extended from the original deadlines.)
Priority Pfizer vaccination appointments are now available and can be booked for people who live in an LGA of concern and are:
- aged 16 to 39 years, or
- an authorised worker of any age, or
- a disability worker living OR working in an LGA of concern
Priority Pfizer vaccination appointments are also available for all healthcare workers through NSW Health Local Health Districts (LHDs) vaccination team.
AstraZeneca appointments are immediately available for anyone in NSW aged 18 and over. Book now through the eligibility checker.