Plea to close vax 'loophole' in aged care

Catholic Health Australia says the vaccine mandate needs to include community aged care workers too

Aged care providers have warned of a COVID-19 blind spot if community workers are not included in a vaccine mandate.

Catholic Health Australia, which represents residential and home-based aged care providers, has urged national cabinet to close the loophole.

Last week's mandate made coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for all residential aged care workers.

But does not apply to 150,000 aged care workers who care for one million older Australians living in the community, said Catholic Health Australia.