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COVID-19: Update for Local Government
3 February 2022

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Proof of Vaccination – Frequently Asked Questions
Proof of Vaccination Directions (No 2 ) FAQs have now been released. 
The FAQs provide information on:
  • Hiring facilities: When a Local Government hires out a facility, it is the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure proof of vaccination (PoV) is checked if it is a venue with PoV requirements.  Attendees also have a responsibility to produce their PoV.
  • Requesting PoV: the FAQs outline the reasonable steps that facilities can take to ensure their requirements for PoV requests are met. 
  • Swimming pools: whether in a Recreation Centre, or stand alone, PoV is not required. 
  • Venues covered by a liquor license: This provides clarity that the PoV only applies to the part of a business where alcohol is supplied, sold or consumed. If alcohol is served and consumed throughout the area covered by the liquor licensed, the PoV would be required throughout.  For example, if the alcohol is only supplied within a club, the PoV would apply in that location only. 
The FAQs do not resolve the practical issues faced by Local Governments in implementing these Directions in multi-use facilities such as recreation centres. The FAQs instead emphasise PoV is only required for the specific activities (gym, fitness etc) covered in the Directions.

The FAQs also provide that if an event is held at a venue that is subject to PoV, then the event requires PoV. For example, a meeting of 50 people held on an indoor basketball court does require PoV, however the same meeting held in a community hall does not.

WALGA has raised these issues with relevant Ministers and will continue to advocate for the sector's concerns to be addressed.
The FAQs are available here.
Mandatory Booster Calculations
Additional clarity has been provided on the application of the Booster Directions.
Based on the Chief Health Officer’s advice to the WA Government, from Saturday, 5 February a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is required for workers captured under the Mandatory Vaccination Public Health Directions  made under the Public Health Act 2016.  

The table outlines the dates by which the booster is required to have been administered for those workers covered by the Public Health Directions.

Please note the requirement for a booster vaccination does not currently apply to staff who are required to be vaccinated under the Proof of Vaccination Directions (No 2) made under the Emergency Management Act 2005.
The Mandatory Vaccination FAQs are available here.
Supply of Pulse Oximeters to the Regions
The Department of Health is continuing to engage with Local Governments to fast-track the supply of pulse oximeters to country WA.
With Local Government assistance across the Kimberley, Pilbara and South West, pulse oximeters are travelling to key local collection sites from which vulnerable members of the community can collect one in preparation for COVID-19.  

The Department will soon be in contact with Local Governments in the Goldfields, Midwest, Great Southern and Wheatbelt to discuss supply to these regions.
For further information, please email Department of Health Program Manager Kate McClelland.
WALGA Sector Webinar - COVID-19 Preparedness in the Regions
More than 100 attendees from Local Governments across the State attended a WALGA webinar on regional health preparedness for COVID-19 on Thursday, 3 February.
Presentations were provided from the WA Country Health Service and representatives from Department of Health.
A recording of the Webinar and the presentation are available here.
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