Current Direction details
This Direction is revoked with the issue of the Revocation of Certain Directions No 2 Direction.
This direction came into effect at 12.01 am on 24 May 2022.
What are the vaccination requirements for Forensic Science SA employees?
A Forensic Science SA employee must not engage in work or perform duties as part of their employment within the Forensic Science SA facility from 20 December 2021 unless:
- The person has received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination; and
- The person has received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for that COVID-19 vaccine; and
- From 29 January 2022, within the prescribed time, the person receives a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or has evidence of a booking to receive a COVID-19 booster shot; and
- The person provides proof of their vaccination status upon request
What does a prescribed time mean?
Prescribed time means:
- for a person who has been infected with COVID-19, within 4 months of their first positive COVID-19 test, or within 4 months of their second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine, whichever is later; and
- for any other person, within 4 months of their second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19.
Who do I need to provide proof of vaccination to?
A person subject to requirements of the Forensic Science SA Vaccination Direction must provide the Director of Forensic Science SA or her delegate with proof of their vaccination on request.
I am not an employee at a Forensic Science SA facility. Do I need to be vaccinated to enter a Forensic Science SA facility?
A person, other than a Forensic Science SA employee, must not from 20 December 2021 enter the Forensic Science SA facility unless the person is vaccinated (completed the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine and received a third dose/booster when eligible in accordance with a schedule recommended by ATAGI).
Do I need to get a booster if I am an employee?
Yes. From 29 January 2022, within the prescribed time, an employee of a Forensic Science SA facility must receive a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or have evidence of a booking to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.
Do I need to get a booster if I am a visitor?
Yes. From 29 January 2022, within the prescribed time, a visitor to a Forensic Science SA facility must have received a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
However, regardless of vaccination status, people less than 12 years and 2 months of age are permitted to enter Forensic Science SA.
What happens if I cannot be vaccinated because of a medical reason? How can I get an exemption?
- You will need to seek a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner which states that you have a temporary or permanent medical reason for vaccination exemption in accordance with the guideline published by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI): www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/atagi-expanded-guidance-on-temporary-medical-exemptions-for-covid-19-vaccines
Any such medical certificate will need to specify the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies.
- You will need to complete an SA Health Chief Public Health Officer Immunisation Exemption Application Form and submit this, along with your medical certificate signed by a legally qualified medical practitioner, to Health.NJNPExemptions@sa.gov.au.
- Your application for an exemption must be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO). If approved, the CPHO will provide a signed exemption letter that can be provided to your employer.