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Let’s vaccinate our way back to campus

To safely reopen our campuses and return to the campus experience that our staff and students love so much, and that we have sorely missed throughout the pandemic, it is vital that we all get vaccinated.

As a public-spirited University with a global reputation for excellence in our health disciplines, including public health, we also have a leadership role to play in demonstrating our commitment to the health not just of our staff and students but of the communities around us.

As we announced in September, from 1 December 2021, everyone attending campus is required to be fully vaccinated (or hold a valid medical exemption). The details and requirements are outlined in our new Health and Safety Procedure - COVID-19 Vaccination. The procedure includes a set of maps for each campus, clearly indicating designated zones, entry to which full vaccination is a requirement. The procedure requires students to upload vaccination proof in StudentOnLine, and staff to upload proof in MyHR. See below for frequently asked questions about vaccination requirements and how to prove your vaccination status.

If you aren’t already vaccinated, please book an appointment and help us all return to the La Trobe life we love.

We’re incredibly fortunate to have safe and effective vaccines available for COVID-19 that reduce the risk of severe illness. Bringing the vaccination rate as close to 100 per cent as possible amongst staff and students will enable us to get back to a vibrant on-campus life as soon as possible.

Vijaya Sundararajan
Professor of Public Health, La Trobe University

Why get vaccinated?

Vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death from the COVID-19 virus and have some effect on limiting transmission.

COVID-19 vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight the virus. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community by slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Department of Health's website.

COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia are safe and effective. They have been strictly tested by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and have been administered to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria's website.

How to get vaccinated

  • speak with your GP or healthcare provider
  • book an appointment at your nearest vaccination centre by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or using the online booking system.
  • There is a pop-up vaccination clinic at La Trobe's Melbourne (Bundoora) campus, managed by Austin Health. This clinic is holding a four-day vaccination walk-up blitz commencing Friday 21 January until Monday 24 January, with no bookings required. Walk-up to receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna between the hours of 8am to 8pm. Please note: vaccinations for 5-12 year olds are not available at this location.

For more information about getting vaccinated, visit COVID-19 vaccines.

Additional information about vaccination arrangements for La Trobe staff is available on the intranet [LTU login required].

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Updated November 2021

General information about vaccination requirements and how to prove your vaccination status to attend our campuses.

Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and wider communities has been La Trobe’s first priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 1 December, all staff, students, honorary appointees, contractors, tenants, volunteers and visitors attending our campuses will be required to be fully vaccinated (limited exemptions apply). Zones have been identified across all campuses in which only fully vaccinated people are now able to attend. Please refer to the new Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination which includes zone maps.

Children aged under 12, and those with a valid medical exemption are permitted on campus. Exemptions do not apply to those who choose not to be vaccinated on personal or religious grounds.

Please discuss your visit with the clinic or research trial co-ordinator before coming on campus.

Zones have been identified across all campuses in which only fully vaccinated (or those with valid medical exemption) people are able to attend.

Please refer to the new Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination which includes zone maps.

People visiting parts of campus that are outside these zones may do so without being vaccinated or exempt.

We recommend all visitors – including contractors and tenants - carry evidence of their vaccination or exemption status with them on campus. The easiest way to do this is to link your vaccination certificate to the Service Victoria app.

Staff are required to provide evidence via the Staff Vaccination Portal (instructions)

Students are required provide evidence via StudentOnLine.

Contractors attending on-site and tenants must comply with Government Health Directions and La Trobe’s Health and Safety Procedure - COVID-19 Vaccination. Contractors and tenants are responsible for making sure they and their staff comply with the Chief Health Officer’s Orders and La Trobe’s vaccination requirements.

The University also has COVID marshals onsite to undertake spot-checking.

If you are fully vaccinated with an ATAGI-approved vaccine, you can use a digital or paper certificate issued by an overseas authority as evidence. Details can be found on the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 information for travellers.

If you are staying in Australia for an extended period, you can add your vaccination record to the Australian Immunisation Register (visit the Help adding overseas vaccinations from Services Australia for more details).

From 1 December, La Trobe has established designated campus zones. People attending these zones are required to be fully vaccinated (limited exemptions apply).

Before visiting campus please refer to the new Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination which includes zone maps.

We welcome staff, students and visitors to our campuses as along as they are able to provide valid evidence of their vaccination or exemption status.

The University has put in place a range of measures to make sure we meet the Victorian Government’s requirements around vaccination and compliance management. This includes systems and processes for staff (instructions) and students (StudentOnLine) to upload evidence of their vaccination or exemption status; the University’s Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination; and the introduction of COVID marshals to assist with general monitoring compliance.

While all staff and students have a role in keeping our campuses COVIDSafe, staff are not required to check students’ vaccination status.

COVID marshals will conduct random checks for vaccination or exemption status.

Those organising an event or hosting visitors on-campus, should do so in a COVIDSafe manner, and are responsible for ensuring guests/attendees comply with the University's COVIDSafe protocols including checking-in via the Service Victoria App and being fully vaccinated (or medically exempt).  It is not the role of the University’s COVID marshal to check the vaccination status of guests/attendees.

The University has a range of measures in place for managing vaccination compliance. This includes collecting and validating the vaccination status of staff and students and having COVID marshals on-site to proactively check people’s vaccination status.

It is not your responsibility to enforce La Trobe’s vaccination or exemption requirements unless you are the organiser of an event.

Resources

Roadmap to reopening

Roadmap to reopening

La Trobe University proposed a two-staged approach to safely reopening campuses later this year once national vaccination thresholds have been achieved.

Read our statement

Why COVID vaccinations can be trusted

Why COVID vaccinations can be trusted

Dr Priscilla Robinson - Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, explains how vaccines are developed and tested.

Get the facts

Talking to friends and family about COVID vaccines

Talking to friends and family about COVID vaccines

Advice from UNICEF on how to manage conversations with loved ones who are reluctant to get vaccinated.

Learn more

La Trobe's response to COVID-19

La Trobe's response to COVID-19

University statements and updates, frequently-asked-questions and other resources for students and staff.

Find out more

La Trobe vaccination survey results

La Trobe vaccination survey results

Our recent staff and student vaccination survey provided insights to inform our planning for a safe return to campus.

View survey results

African community leaders addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

African community leaders addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

La Trobe social work student Declo Bisimwa is supporting the African community in Shepparton to increase vaccination rates.

Read more at ABC News