Frequently Asked Questions
I am applying for a job in the NSW Health system. Am I required to provide proof of my vaccination status?
Yes, you are required to proved proof of vaccination status according to the risk category of the position you are applying for.
I am applying for a job in the NSW Health system. Am I required to pay for any vaccinations that I may need to comply with the Policy Directive?
Yes, you will need to meet the costs incurred in obtaining the required level of evidence as specified in the Acceptable Evidence of Protection table.
I am a student and will be going on clinical placement in NSW Health facilities. Will I need to comply with this Policy Directive?
Yes. Students on clinical placement are required to comply with the Policy Directive.
I know I have had the vaccinations but do not have any documentation. Will a letter from my Doctor stating this be accepted as evidence?
A letter from your doctor is acceptable as evidence only if specific details about vaccines and tests are documented. Ideally you should carry your vaccination details on a vaccination card and have a copy of the pathology report for blood test results.
I want to apply for a position in the NSW Health system, but have not yet commenced a course of Hepatitis B vaccination. Should I proceed with my application?
Yes, but commence your course of vaccination. Evidence of protection for hepatitis B is a requirement for most positions in the NSW Health System. If you are the preferred candidate the employer may examine your situation on an individual risk basis. Having commenced the vaccination course and being prepared to complete the course of vaccination within the recommended timeframe may assist your application.
I have completed a course of hepatitis B vaccine but my hepatitis B serology does not demonstrate immunity. What am I required to do?
You will need to be serological screened for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). If you are HBsAg negative, you will require further vaccination as either a fourth double dose or a further 3 doses at monthly intervals with anti-HBs testing 4 weeks later. If you are a persistent non-responder to hepatitis B vaccination you must provide documentation indicating you are aware of your risk of infection and post-exposure management.
I was screened for TB 20 years ago. Do I need to be re-screened?
You will need to contact a chest clinic to determine if you need re-screening. See the links webpage for a list of accredited TB Prevention and Control services.