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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

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Mandatory vaccinations in all education settings

COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for all people working or delivering a service at a school or early childhood education and care setting. This includes contractors, volunteers, ​regulators and auditors. Learn more about the ​ vaccination requirements for workers in high risk settings​.

Protecting people who work or enter in particular settings is the best way to achieve the public health benefit and as such, this new public health direction applies to a broad range of work arrangements (e.g. contractors, volunteers).

​​Employment Direction 1/21 - COVID-19 Vaccination

The Director General has issued an Employment Direction 1/21 – COVID-19 Vaccination​ effective from 15 December 2021. The purpose of this direction is to outline the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for existing and prospective Department of Education workers (excluding Office of Industrial Relations​) who attend a high-risk setting as part of their role or the services they provide.​

Booking your vaccination​

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Queensland Health vaccination registration page or call 134 COVID (134 268).

Parents of children aged 12–15 years should register their child as a dependent​.

FAQs about mandatory vaccinations

Who is required to be COVID-19 va​ccinated?

Anyone who works in, undertakes an educational placement in, or volunteers in a school, approved early childhood education and care settings, including outside school hours care, vacation care, kindergarten, long day care and family day care, is considered a worker in an education setting.

This includes:

  • teachers
  • teacher aides
  • cleaners
  • administration officers, business managers, schools officers, IT staff, agricultural assistants and all school support staff
  • an employee of a company that supplies services to an education setting, such as plumbing, electrical and building services
  • a contract teacher or early childhood instructor engaged for relief work
  • volunteers who assist in delivering support activities and services in education settings such as tuckshop, reading programs, etc.
  • chaplains, entertainers or support workers visiting education settings
  • university students on practical placement, school work experience or traineeship in education settings including early childhood education and care settings
  • psychologists or therapists providing support for individuals in education settings
  • a dentist in a school dental clinic
  • identified staff within regional and central offices who are required to be present in a school as part of their work duties, i.e. where attendance at a school is necessary to fulfil the requirements of their job.

Do students need to b​e vaccinated?

Students of all ages are able to attend school regardless of their vaccination status.

Do students over 16 y​​ears of age need to be vaccinated?

Students enrolled in the school are not required to be vaccinated. Schools and students will need to follow the health directions for work placements and/or traineeships.

Are contractors ​​or labour-hire staff engaged in educational facilities also required to be vaccinated?

Yes. All workers entering a school are required to be fully vaccinated.

Major contractors such as QBuild are working closely with the department and as such are ensuring that their contractors adhere to the vaccination requirements.

All schools will need to ensure that normal health and safety operations occur which include providing an induction, signing contractors into the school as well as checking or verifying contractor’s vaccination status.

Do visitors ne​​ed to be vaccinated?

The requirement to be fully vaccinated does not apply to people who visit schools, approved early childhood education and care settings,​ including outside school hours care, vacation care, kindergarten, long day care and family day care, access or use its services, either for themselves or as a support person for someone else.

For further information please see information on the Queensland Health website​.

Do workers in higher ​​​educational facilities, such as universities, need to be vaccinated?

Workers in higher educational facilities, such as universities, are not included in the vaccination mandate.

Do outdoor education centres need to follow t​he health direction?

Department of Education owned environmental education centres are required to follow the health directions relating to schools.

External camp or outdoor education centres need to comply with the Queensland COVID-19 Roadmap (PDF, 281KB).

How do I acce​ss my COVID-19 vaccination evidence?

Fully vaccinated means having received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

There are 3 different types of proof available that you can get for free:

  • a COVID-19 digital certificate
  • your immunisation history statement (IHS)
  • an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for overseas travel.

The COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement can be viewed and/or printed through:

How will schools ​​check proof of vaccination for contractors and volunteers?

Schools can utilise the Check in Qld app​, or sight vaccination certificates, to gain proof of vaccination for workers, contractors and volunteers. Copies of vaccination certificates do not need to be kept by the school. However, schools will need to keep a record that vaccination evidence has been sighted as part of visitor management systems.

Any school that is yet to sign up to the Chec​k-in Qld app can do so ​on the COVID-19 website​. Schools need to register as a business and display the provided posters in multiple accessible locations at the venue.

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Last updated 28 January 2022