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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Updated Friday 17 December 2021. 

The health and wellbeing of our community and staff is our highest priority. Ensuring our community is vaccinated against the risks of COVID-19 will allow us to stay open, safe and able to provide critical services.

Consistent with the State Government Roadmap, from 11.59 pm 15 December, only individuals aged 18 years and above are required to show proof of vaccination or medical exemption to enter the following Council operated indoor facilities:

  • Customer Service Centres
  • Community facilities, including libraries, halls and venues
  • Latrobe Regional Gallery
  • Latrobe Performing Arts Centre
  • The Visitor Information Centre
  • Leisure facilities, including pools, stadiums, gyms and indoor recreation facilities*

While there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination or medical exemption for individuals under 18 years, you can still access and keep a record of your vaccination.

How a young person accesses their proof of vaccination or exemption depends on how old they are and whether they have a smartphone.

Please note, all community members can continue to access the following services and facilities regardless of their vaccination status:

  • Early Education and Childcare
  • Maternal Child and Family Health
  • Aged and Disability Services
  • Transfer Stations (Please note: Proof of double vaccination is required to access second hand goods shop)
  • Public open space, including parks, recreation sporting grounds and courts, playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, skate parks, BBQ facilities and BMX tracks.

How to show your vaccination status

When you visit a Council facility, you will need to show your COVID-19 vaccination status or medical exemption in one of the following ways:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate using the Service Victoria app 
  • COVID-19 digital certificate in a smart phone wallet 
  • Printed copy of COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement 
  • Australian Immunisation Register certificate 
  • Medical exemptions recorded on COVID-19 digital certificate or in smart phone wallet or a printed copy from the MyGov account.  Medical certificates or letters from  Doctors and medical practitioners are not acceptable proof of medical exemption.

Signage for you to check-in will be in place and our staff will be there to assist you.

For more information about how to get your COVID-19 digital certificate, please go to the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Staff at our Leisure and Library facilities are able to assist you with loading your COVID-19 digital certificate onto your device.

Please allow some extra time when visiting our facilities and be patient and respectful as we all learn to adjust to this change.

To keep our community safe, please continue to check-in, wear your masks and practise social distancing.

Privacy information

Your privacy is important to us. We will only need to view your vaccination status when you enter our facilities. This information is not stored, copied or recorded in any way.

Frequently asked questions

I’m not vaccinated, are there any services or facilities that I can still access?

All community members can continue to access the following services and facilities regardless of their vaccination status:

  • Early Education and Childcare
  • Maternal Child and Family Health
  • Aged and Disability Services
  • Transfer Stations
  • Public toilets
  • Public open space, including parks, playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, skate parks, BBQ facilities and BMX tracks.

Please continue to check in at any sites with a QR code.

Why do I have to show my vaccination status to enter a Council facility?

This is a State Government directive to allow Council to reopen our facilities to our community.

I don’t know how to link my COVID-19 digital certificate with the Services Victoria App, can you help?

For more information, including a step-by-step guide, about how to get your COVID-19 digital certificate, please go to the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Staff at our Leisure and Library facilities are also able to assist you with loading your COVID-19 digital certificate onto your device.

Do I have to be fully vaccinated to play sport at a Council Recreation Reserve?

No, there will be no requirement to provide proof of vaccination to access outdoor public open spaces including sporting and recreation reserves.

Can I use an outdoor recreational facility, such as sporting ovals if I am unvaccinated?

All community members can continue to access outdoor recreation facilities, such as sporting ovals, netball or tennis courts regardless of their vaccination status.

Access to these public open spaces along with associated amenities, change rooms and toilets, are permissible under the State Government health directives.

Can I accompany my child to swimming lessons or sporting activities if I’m not fully vaccinated?

From 6pm on Friday 29 October, you will be required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption to attend activities at all Council owned or managed indoor facilities.

Are Council staff fully vaccinated?

In line with Victorian Government directions, Council staff are fully vaccinated.

I don’t have a mobile phone, how I can I show my vaccination status and check in?

You can show your vaccination status with a printed copy of your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement.

Do I need to show my vaccination status every time I visit a Council facility, or just the first time?

You will be required to show your vaccination status each time you visit a Council facility, as we will not keep any record of your vaccination status.

What happens if I decline the request to provide my vaccination status?

You will be politely asked to leave the Council facility.

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