Where staff are at significant occupational risk of acquiring a vaccine-preventable disease (eg during an outbreak), employers should implement a comprehensive vaccination program, which may include:
- a vaccine policy
- reviewing and updating staff vaccination records
- provision of information about the infectious disease
- protocols to manage vaccine refusal.
Employers are not required to perform staff vaccination, but are responsible for advising of risks at work, recommending appropriate vaccination, maintaining records on staff vaccination/immunity status, and ensuring that unvaccinated staff comply with relevant exclusions and precautions (see Staff records).
During an infectious disease outbreak, state and territory public health regulations may mandate exclusion of unvaccinated staff.
If a non-immune staff member is exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease, employers must ensure that the person receives assessment and is offered postexposure prophylaxis, if indicated.