Vaccination guide for non-employees
This guide explains how workers without access to the department’s COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation and Confirmation System (VACS) should meet requirements under the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021.
The NSW Government website provides information about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are hesitant about getting vaccinated, refer to NSW Health’s Know the facts COVID-19 vaccinations fact sheet (PDF 307KB).
Who is required to be vaccinated?
Any worker, carrying out relevant work in a government, non-government or early education and care facility as defined in the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021.
All adult residents of a family day care residence as defined in the Children (Education and Care Services) National Law (NSW).
Booking a COVID-19 vaccination
Anyone working on a school or early childhood education (ECE) site is required to be fully vaccinated.
It is the individual’s responsibility to book and receive 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination in compliance with the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021.
Please follow the simple steps on the NSW Government website to get your vaccination booking.
How to evidence your vaccination status
Get proof of COVID-19 vaccination by:
- downloading COVID-19 digital certificate (via the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or your Medicare online account through myGov)
- adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay
- calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) and asking for your statement to be sent to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post.
If you’re not eligible for Medicare, call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your certificate be mailed to you or add your COVID-19 certificate to your digital wallet using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov.
Show evidence of your vaccination status to an authorised officer (such as the school principal) when requested. If you’re unsure who is an authorised officer please ask the staff member who inducted you onto the school or ECE site.
If you are unable to provide evidence by 8 November 2021
If you are unable to evidence your vaccination status before 8 November 2021, you must:
- advise the individual who requested your services as soon as practically possible that you are not fully vaccinated.
- advise when you will meet the requirements of the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021.
To ensure the department is managing its health and safety obligations to school students and staff, we will need to assess on a case-by-case basis whether you can continue to work in a school, preschool or ECE facilities while being unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Consequences of not receiving a vaccination by 8 November 2021
In accordance with the Public Health Order, workers who are unable to provide evidence that they have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by 8 November cannot enter school or ECE facilities.
- If you do not intend to receive 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or refuse to provide evidence of your vaccination status, you cannot continue to work or volunteer on school sites.
- If you have only received one dose of the vaccine by 8 November, you will not be able to recommence your work duties at school or ECE facilities until you have received the second dose.
- It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination by 8 November 2021 and meet the requirements outlined in the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021.
- Anyone attempting to breach Public Health Orders may be referred to NSW Police.