Directions for healthcare and health support workers

Healthcare workers and health support workers in public and private hospitals and public healthcare facilities will be required to have had at least the first dose of a vaccine to enter healthcare facilities, as outlined in the Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions (Directions).

Healthcare and support workers in other private healthcare settings (e.g. GP clinics, private or non-government organisation specialist centres) will not be subject to the Directions unless prescribed by the Chief Health Officer. 

View the Health Worker (Restriction on Access) Directions frequently asked questions (FAQs)

This will be a staged approach to ensure impacted health staff who work with the most vulnerable Western Australians get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health care facility Healthcare workers Health support workers
Tier 1 1 October 2021 – First dose
1 November 2021 – Fully vaccinated
1 October 2021 – First dose
1 November 2021 – Fully vaccinated
Tier 2 1 November 2021 – First dose
1 December 2021 – Fully vaccinated
1 December 2021 – First dose
1 January 2022 – Fully vaccinated
Tier 3 1 December 2021 – First dose
1 January 2022 – Fully vaccinated
1 December 2021 – First dose
1 January 2022 – Fully vaccinated
Workers covered by the Directions
  • all those who provide health, medical, nursing, midwifery, pathology, pharmaceutical, social work or allied health services to a patient at the healthcare facility in any capacity
  • assistants in nursing, orderlies and hospital service assistants
  • students on placement
  • ambulance officers. 

Health support workers include those who provide goods or services at a healthcare facility, both in a paid and in a voluntary or unpaid capacity. This includes:

  • a person employed or engaged by a third party, including a labour hire firm who provides staff to supplement the permanent workforce
  • a direct care worker including a personal care worker
  • administrative staff including those working in administration, management or reception services
  • ancillary staff including cleaners, laundry staff, gardeners, food preparation services, security officers and maintenance services
  • those providing lifestyle and social care, for example music or art therapy
  • a person who provides commercial activities at premises that constitute a healthcare facility e.g. a person operating a kiosk on hospital premises
  • interpreters.

View the Health Worker (Restriction on Access) Directions frequently asked questions.

Exemptions from the Directions

You will be an exempt if:

  • You have a medical exemption. Immunisation medical exemption criteria is available from the Australian Government website.
  • You have a temporary exemption, for example you may be granted a temporary exemption if you have been vaccinated overseas with a vaccine that has not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration or if you are in an area where vaccine availability is limited and you have made every effort to obtain a vaccine.
  • You are performing a specific duty as outlined in the Directions.
  • You are a person of the kind listed in the Directions as exempt.
  • You are any other person declared to be exempt, which will only occur in exceptional circumstances.

Decisions on temporary exemptions will be considered by the Chief Health Officer on a case by case basis and may be subject to terms and conditions. These temporary exemptions can be for an individual or for an organisation or a group of people. For example, a nursing post in remote WA may decided to apply for a temporary exemption for its staff due to the difficult in accessing vaccinations within the prescribed timeframe.

More information

If you have questions about the Directions you can send any questions to the following addresses at your respective workplace:

Last reviewed: 06-10-2021