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COVID-19 vaccination requirement when attending UnitingCare facilities

By 08/11/2021No Comments

Dear valued supplier,

UnitingCare Queensland is a mission-led organisation whose core purpose is improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, encompassing Blue Care, The Wesley Hospital, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital, St Stephens Hospital, UnitingCare’s many community, family and disability programs and services, and Lifeline centres and Lifeline retail shops in Queensland.

With the impending opening of state borders, UnitingCare must now prepare its services to operate in an environment in which there will be greater exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

UnitingCare’s primary focus is to continue providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for employees, patients, residents and clients across our facilities.

Utilising a risk-based approach, UnitingCare has undertaken risk assessments and consulted with our people regarding a requirement to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Following that process, the decision has been made that it will be a requirement for anyone who carries out work or provides services for UnitingCare Queensland and/or in UnitingCare Queensland premises to have received all recommended doses of an ATAGI approved COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, December 10, 2021.

This policy and vaccination requirement supports our commitment to ensuring we continue to meet our health and safety obligations in all our workplaces and help protect the health and safety of our patients, residents and clients when they access our services.

UnitingCare’s standard Supplier Terms and Conditions have been updated to ensure that this new WHS requirement is reflected.

Further information on UnitingCare’s proof of vaccination requirements will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for working with us to enable us to deliver vital community services in this ever-changing new environment.

Craig Barke
UnitingCare Queensland