COVID-19 vaccination numbers nationally are increasing daily, and everyone has their eyes set on States ‘re-opening’. For business, it means millions of workers returning to places of work in some capacity, including offices, construction sites, retail, and hospitality venues.
We now know that proof of vaccination is a common debate and topic of conversation as it relates to work health and safety. Vaccinations have now been made mandatory in certain sectors and roles, strongly recommended in some industry and companies, and preferred in some workplaces.
As your workforce compliance partner, WorkPro understands the demand for simplicity in administering key compliance checks and information and have worked closely with our appointed subject matter experts to design a COVID-19 Vaccination status management solution that is easy to implement, delivers a streamlined experience for the candidate, and provides transparency, and maintains security and privacy for all parties.
As you may know, the Fair Work Ombudsman has adopted a four-tiered approach for mandatory vaccines in Australian workplaces. Whilst this may evolve, we currently know the four tiers to be:
- Tier 1: those who interact with people with an increased risk of being infected with coronavirus (e.g employees working in hotel quarantine or border control).
- Tier 2: workers who have close contact with people who are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of coronavirus (e.g health care or aged care).
- Tier 3: Where there is interaction or likely interaction between employees and other people such as customers, other employees or the public in the normal course of employment (for example, stores providing essential goods and services).
- Tier 4: Where employees have minimal face-to-face interaction as part of their normal employment duties (for example, where they are working from home).
Given that proof of vaccination is going to be a mainstream requirement in workplaces nationally, WorkPro is determined to make providing this proof as stress free as possible.
Due towards the end of October the WorkPro solution will easily enable employers to request vaccination information and allow an individual to provide their vaccination status details, including doses and dates, along with a copy of the Digital Certificate with informed consent. The program will also automatically produce a verification certificate for the employer that is date and time stamped as a strong audit trail.
We know that a person’s vaccination status is sensitive information and is afforded a higher degree of protection under the Privacy Act. We have therefore implemented additional functionality that includes express informed consent by the candidate as part of the process, and also offering for customers the option to configure WorkPro so that once the verification certificate is produced that a Certificate has been viewed and is authentic, the actual Certificate is permanently removed from the employer’s portal, only keeping the Digital Certificate in the candidate’s digital profile for safe-keeping, and the option for them to securely share the Certificate with another WorkPro customer in the future.
This approach means information and evidence remains easily accessible, but safe and secure within our portal to ensure privacy is protected.
WorkPro is proud to continue to support our customers challenges with simple, timely solutions, and this is just another way that we are setting the standard in workforce compliance.