Questions and requests for exemptions
If you are seeking clarification on a Direction or have any questions, please call 134 COVID (13 42 68).
You can apply for an exemption to a Direction online.
To protect the health of the community and those working in hospitals, health workers who are at a higher risk of having contact with COVID-positive patients must follow COVID-19 vaccination, testing and mask wearing requirements. These workers are considered relevant employees under this Direction.
To continue working as a relevant employee, you must comply with vaccination requirements if you are likely to have direct contact with a COVID-19 patient. This means you must:
If you start work after 31 March 2021, you must comply with vaccination requirements if you are likely to have direct contact with a COVID-19 patient. This means you must:
If you do not comply with vaccination requirements, direct contact with a COVID-19 patient will only be allowed if:
If you do not comply with vaccination requirements and enter an area where a COVID-19 patient is located, you must:
If asked by an emergency officer, you must provide evidence that you comply with vaccination requirements.
If you do not comply with vaccination requirements, you can still work in a Queensland Hospital and Health Service or for the Queensland Ambulance Service as long as you do not work as a relevant employee. This means you cannot work in or enter an area with COVID-19 patients.
Relevant employees who are likely to be in direct contact with a COVID-19 patient must undertake surveillance testing and notify their employer of the test.
This means you must:
If you comply with surveillance testing and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to isolate or quarantine while waiting for your result.
If you are not tested, you cannot work until you comply with testing or until 14 days have passed since you were a relevant employee.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you must:
The Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive and the Queensland Ambulance Commissioner must keep a record of surveillance testing of relevant employees.
For full details read the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Requirements (Contact by Health Workers with Cases) Direction (No. 2).