As you are aware, Melbourne will come out of lockdown at 11.59pm, Thursday 21 October when Victoria reaches 70% of people over 16 fully vaccinated. There is the potential that Victoria will reach 80% of people over 16 fully vaccinated earlier than anticipated, and we will keep you informed of relevant changes to our services as these occur. Please look at Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown here.
These key markers, 70% and 80% fully vaccinated, are the key markers in the national plan and key features of Victoria's roadmap to deliver the national plan. These provide another reason to get vaccinated, not just for your health and health of others but being able to see rules change, and lockdowns, open up and get back to something approaching normal.
On the advice of the Victorian Government public health team, all workers – in Melbourne and regional Victoria – on the Authorised Worker list have been required to have their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October in order to continue working onsite. They will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November.
Disability workers are on the ‘Authorised Worker’ list and Melba has been working through what is required to achieve this. Our thanks go to those who have already had a vaccination.
To find a list of all Restriction Settings: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings
Please remember, restrictions remain different between Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
Important information about managing the lockdown in the Melba Way
We will continue to support people in the best way possible, but some changes are made during lockdowns.
Like before we need everyone to work together to ensure we can safely deliver the services we need to.
We will continue to support those individuals who are most vulnerable and where centre-based support is essential.
Individual Supports will continue in the home for individuals who are vulnerable however there will be community access, in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) services
SIL services will continue in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.
No more than two visitors per service day to SIL services to provide essential care and support necessary for the resident’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing.
STAA (Respite services)
At this time STAA (Respite services) will continue.
People booking into or attending for booked respite can do so on the proviso they do not have any symptoms. If they have any symptoms, they cannot attend and are required to get tested.
Please note, as in the past lockdowns, we will be following Government directions and the public health advice. We’ve done this before, and we can do it again!
We will keep you informed with all further developments.