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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Updated Friday 19 November 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 Friday 19 November, we will be requiring all visitors over the age of 12 years and 2 months to be fully vaccinated in order 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*

*Community sport, including organised team based sessional training, held within Latrobe Leisure indoor recreation facilities can continue for unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 16 until 31 December 2021

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 secondhand 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 certificate or a letter from an authorised medical practitioner. 

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.

What about my children?

Once the 90% vaccination target is reached, all children aged 12 year and 2 months* and over will need to be show their vaccination status. However, it is not yet mandated for children under the age of 12.

*Community indoor sport, including organised team based sessional training, held within Latrobe Leisure indoor recreation facilities can continue for unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 to 16, until 31 December 2021.

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.

Can I bring my other children, who are not fully vaccinated, to watch swimming lessons or sporting activities?

From Friday 19 November, all children aged 12 year and 2 months* will be required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption to attend activities at all Council owned or managed indoor facilities. 

*Community indoor sport, including organised team based sessional training, held within Latrobe Leisure indoor recreation facilities can continue for unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 to 16, until 31 December 2021.

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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