Clarity on Cross-Border Vaccination Appointments

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Last week the Yass Valley Council announced that it has been liaising closely with the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner about how to manage movement between the ACT and NSW during lockdown.

Initially there had been confusion about whether NSW border residents could enter the ACT for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Mayor Rowena Abbey has now confirmed that Yass Valley residents fall under the standing exemption, which means they can enter the ACT for essential purposes including:

  • To attend to medical or health care needs, including to undertake a COVID-19 test or receive a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination where an appointment has been booked and the individual is not in isolation or quarantine; or
  • To undertake essential work, if you cannot work from home or remotely; or
  • For a person with parental responsibility undertaking essential work to:

    • Utilise childcare arrangements; or
    • Access school, early childhood education and care and out of school hours care, to the extent that care cannot reasonably be obtained in the person’s residents (i.e., parents or carers who cannot work from home).

Mayor Abbey advised that residents must have not left the surrounding NSW region covered by the standing exemption (postcodes include 2581, 2582, 2584, 2611, 2618, 2619, 2620, 2621, 2623 and 2626) and carry identification with them at all times to prove residency if visiting the ACT.

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