Mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in all education settings
As you are likely aware, in order to comply with the Victorian Government’s latest pandemic orders, people working in education facilities (currently defined as childcare or early childhood services, after-school care services, schools or boarding school premises) are now required to have received their COVID-19 booster (third dose) to continue working onsite.
Students must therefore comply with the following deadlines with regards to attending placements:
- If you were fully vaccinated on or before 25 October 2021, you must receive your booster dose by 25 February 2022.
- If you were fully vaccinated after 25 October 2021, you must receive your booster dose by 25 March 2022.
- If you are not yet eligible for your third dose, you must receive a third dose within 3 months and 14 days of receiving their second dose.
You can now record your proof of booster vaccination and dates of vaccinations via Monash’s vaccination status form.
Uploading your vaccination status
Once you have received your booster dose, you will need to resubmit your updated COVID-19 digital certificate via Monash’s vaccination status form. You will also be required to provide the dates of your second dose and booster vaccinations. (Use the Service Australia COVID-19 proof of vaccination tool to find out how to download yourCOVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement.)
Once your proof of vaccination is verified, you will receive a confirmation email - please keep this for your records.
If you are not intending to be vaccinated or will not meet the booster timelines above, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist you to manage your placements.
Getting your booster
Booster vaccinations provide even greater protection against COVID-19 and the decision to provide booster doses has been based on the latest advice received from the vaccine experts on the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. The Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended for the booster dose, irrespective of the primary COVID-19 vaccine you have received.
Students can book via Hot Doc to receive their booster or third primary Pfizer vaccination at a University Vaccination Clinic. Other options for vaccine appointments are listed on the COVID-19 fact sheet.
In addition to the Monash requirements, please also ensure you comply with the proof of vaccination requirements of your local workplace.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our key priority. If you need support during this time, please reach out to University counselling services.
If you have any questions about the University’s vaccination requirements, please contact Monash Connect.
Additional immunisations required in Early Childhood education settings
As of 1 January 2018, several kindergarten and long day care centres have implemented local policies requiring all staff, including pre-service teachers, who have contact with children in their care to have current immunisations against the diseases for measles, mumps and rubella (also known as MMR immunisation), and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis/whooping cough (also known as dTpa immunisation).
Immunisations are the safest and most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Depending on your placement host, some students in Early Childhood or Early Childhood & Primary courses may be required to verify their evidence of having these immunisations in order to protect the children that they will be working with from these diseases; as well as protecting themselves from being infected by the children.
The Professional Experience Office will contact you via email in advance of your placement if you are allocated to a centre requiring evidence of early childhood immunisations.