22 December 2021 | Update from Department of Resources
Please see below the latest information from the Department of Resources.
This bulletin provides resources companies and peak bodies in the resources sector with the latest information on COVID-19 and how it relates to the sector.
The Queensland Government has brought forward the changes to requirements for vaccinated close contacts of a COVID-19 case that were advised last week.
From 1am Wednesday 22 December, vaccinated close contacts will need to quarantine for 7 days and get an immediate PCR test followed by another on day five. If that day five test is negative the person can leave home quarantine on day eight but must observe additional precautions until day 14. This includes wearing a mask when outside their home and they cannot visit high-risk settings including hospitals, residential aged care, disability care accommodation and correctional facilities.
Unvaccinated close contacts will need to quarantine for 14 days and get a test immediately and on days 5 and 12. There are additional details on quarantine and testing requirements for vaccinated people who live with an unvaccinated close contact on the Queensland Health website.
The Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 Direction has also taken effect.
Queensland Health has published information for business and industry. This aims to help businesses understand what to expect and plan in case someone with COVID-19 comes onsite. There is a four-step procedure for owners which includes:
- Step 1: Determine if your staff had contact with the COVID-19 positive person within their infectious period
- Step 2: Determine the duration of contact
- Step 3: Determine the proximity of contact
- Step 4: Queensland Health formal risk assessment
Where a person with COVID-19 has visited a business, it should temporarily close and in most cases will only need a routine clean with standard cleaning products.
Proof of vaccination
The Public Health and Social Measures Direction outlines the number of ways people can show proof of their vaccination when they enter a business. They include:
- Sharing their vaccination status to the Check In Qld app, so that a green tick is displayed.
- Written confirmation including the record of vaccine card provided as part of the vaccination process.
- A COVID-19 digital or printed certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register.
- An online or printed immunisation history statement, including confirmation of a medical contraindication, from Medicare Online via MyGov, the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or My Health Record.
- An international COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate that is:
- in printed or electronic form from the Department of Home Affairs
- through a Medicare online account via MyGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- an official record of vaccination provided to the person when they received their COVID-19 vaccination overseas.
If someone is unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of medical contraindication they must provide evidence of this. Once they do, they are treated as if they are fully vaccinated.