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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for the Minda community

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General News
13 Dec 2021

Information current as of December 13, 2021

As of 31 December 2021 all visitors to any Minda location must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and produce evidence of being vaccinated when requested by a staff member.

This has been a carefully considered decision that takes into account the most up-to-date advice from health authorities. It is a requirement that we believe is in the very best interests of our clients and staff, especially given many of the people we support have complex health conditions which makes them particularly vulnerable.

Minda, like all other disability sector providers, continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 – particularly the Delta and Omicron variants – in the community. Expectations from authorities is that in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see an increase in the numbers of locally acquired cases of COVID-19, so it is important to adapt and prepare should those concerns be realised.

If you are not vaccinated, then we will work with you to facilitate an offsite visit with your loved one where possible. We acknowledge the importance of family connectedness and do not want to create an unnecessary barrier if a reasonable solution can be developed that does not put the health and welfare of other clients at increased risk.

If you want to discuss this COVID-19 vaccination requirement or have any concern then please phone the Minda COVID-19 Hotline between 9am-5pm, 7 days a week on 0427 595 471.

At this point our Inc Café and Minda Aquatic Centre at Brighton are deemed public places and are not strictly subject to a full vaccination mandate. If you are not vaccinated, in the interests of minimising risk to clients we ask that you please do not attend these facilities. The café and pool will be closed from Saturday, 18 December 2021 until Monday, 10 January 2022 due to the holiday period.

If you plan to travel interstate over the Christmas/New Year period, the current SA Health direction (as at 13 December 2021) is that you will not be permitted to enter any of our sites (because Minda is deemed to have high risk settings) for a 7-day period after you return home. The only exception is for an end-of-life visit and requires a person to wear full personal protective equipment. While we hope that sad scenario does not occur, we will work with family members on a case-by-case basis. It is important to note however, that these directions are subject to change and you must ensure you keep up to date personally with the South Australian directives.

We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

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