Executive Director’s Update to Principals #78: COVID Update - 13 Sep 2021
God of the one and God of the whole,
be with those who are working from home today and those whose work keeps them from home.
Be with those who won’t go beyond the front veranda, and those who stay on the front line.
Be with those who must choose between
doing a job they know they can do
and being the parent only they can be.
May we each in our private worry
hear your universal call
to come, to lay down heavy burdens,
and find a welcome rest.
And then with our burdens lightened,
may we help to hold the whole.
~ Corrymeela Community
Today’s Press Conference
The following new positive COVID-19 cases in the Diocese of Ballarat have been reported in today’s press conference:
- 3 cases in Mildura, linked to the initial case reported last week
- 1 case in a Ballarat disability residential facility, passed on from a worker travelling in from Melbourne
Watch the press conference here.
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Aged 12 and Over
The following information is from the coronavirus.vic.gov.au website:
Children 12 and over can get a COVID-19 vaccine
Free and safe COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for everyone aged 12 years and over.
People who turn 12 during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be able to get vaccinated if they meet criteria for vaccination at that time.
Providing consent for children
Anyone who gets vaccinated must provide appropriate consent. Consent can be provided verbally.
- People aged 12 - 17 may provide their own consent, if deemed to be a mature minor by a senior and experienced immuniser. That means that the health professional assesses that you understand the information relevant to the decision to be vaccinated and the effect of that decision.
- A child’s parent or guardian can attend the vaccine appointment with them.
How to book a COVID-19 vaccine
For COVIDSafe reasons, only one parent or guardian can attend a vaccination appointment with a child.
Operational Guidance for GAT Delivery
Late on Friday last week, secondary schools were issued with the Operational guidance for COVID-Safe delivery of the 2021 GAT and the Guidance for students completing the 2021 GAT. Links to these documents are below for future reference.
Next COVID Update
We will continue to monitor the situation and advise principals of any updates. Please liaise with the COVID Support team (see left hand column) or your Education Consultant with any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and continue to look after each other…
Deputy Director of Catholic Education (Interim)