Meeting the Challenge of COVID-19

The Tasmanian Government website is the key place to find information about the COVID-19 pandemic.  This website is a trusted source of information for all aspects of the COVID-91 response and is updated regularly.

Council continues to monitor the COVID-19 environment to minimise risk to staff and the community. All other facilities are open with appropriate social distancing measures in place. 

The Spreyton Waste Transfer Station will continue to operate in accord with its normal trading hours.

Council has resumed face to face Council meetings with limited numbers of the public able to attend.   Section 23 Committee meetings continue to be suspended until 31 December 2020.

The preferred method for meeting with Council officers is via remote meetings.  These can be organised by telephoning 6424 0511 or by emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au 

As changes to Council’s operations occur this page will be updated. Updates will also available via Council’s social media sites

Council has formed a COVID-19 Response Committee consisting of three Councillors and relevant senior staff to develop and implement strategies to provide assistance, support and relief for the inevitable hardship many in the community will experience during the crisis.

The Committee have announced;

Council has adopted the Devonport Social Recovery Action Plan to guide the work of the Devonport Social Recovery Coordinator and/or the Devonport Social Recovery Committee in response to the social recovery needs of the community throughout and after the COVID-19 situation. This is undertaken with recognition that local residents are the Council’s strongest asset against the spread of the virus and it is vital that recovery is informed and designed in partnership with communities. 

The Plan will be flexibly adapted, regularly reconsidered, and aligned with Regional and State-wide recovery planning and community needs.  

All Council payments can be made online at Council’s website by clicking here and at Service Tasmania outlets.

Payments can also be made over the telephone by calling 6424 0511.

 

Council is always keen to ensure it has the correct contact details for all residents.

This particularly applies to your current email address.

If you have changed your email address recently please click here to update your details

Find the Media Releases issued by Council here

The State Government has announced a staged plan for lifting restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning on Monday 11 May 2020.

The changes are gradual, with careful monitoring of each stage to ensure the safeguards are working in reducing the risk of outbreaks and enabling health authorities to respond if needed.

The planned timeframes for the lifting of restrictions announced by the Government are outlined here.

The specific changes to aged care facilities restrictions can be found here.

Details regarding the return to school-based learning are specifically outlined here.

You may also wish to read the State Government’s Our Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania.

Financial services and support

The links below offer easy to understand and factual information about COVID-19

If you think you might have COVID-19 because of recent travel or contact with a confirmed case, phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Different states have different restrictions as part of their response to COVID-19.

To understand the current position in Tasmania, please click here

To assist industry and workplaces to ensure that their operations are COVID-19 safe, Worksafe Tasmania has a comprehensive list of resources on their website.

You can find the information from the home page or by clicking here

A new guide to help employers manage the risk of infection and work health and safety risk during COVID-19 is also available.

 

Food safety and hygiene is an important regulatory function of Council. Devonport City Council is committed to ensuring that businesses that prepare and have foods for public sale and consumption meet the requirements of the Food Act 2003 and all appropriate State and National standards and legislation. Find more information on Food Business Requirements here.

On 27 May 2020 the Tasmanian Premier, Peter Gutwein, announced one-off extensions to the expiry dates of SOME classes of registrations/licences under the Food Act 2003 and the Public Health Act 1997. Find more details on the business registration and licence extensions here

Find details here

Public Health Risks Activities are defined under the Public Health Act 1997 as being activities such as TattooingEar and Body Piercing and Acupuncture. Find more information here

For more information on Business registration and licence extensions click here.

 

They way local food services operate has changed as a result of COVID-19. 

Devonport City Council have compiled a list found here. This is an evolving situation and is subject to change.

Council have collated a list of counselling and support services here

You can use the Australian Government Coronarvirus Australia app to:

  • Stay up to date with the official information and advice
  • Access important health advice to help stop the spread and stay healthy
  • Get a quick snapshot of the current official status in Australia
  • Check you symptoms if you are concerned about yourself or someone else
  • Find relevant contact information
  • Access updated information from the Australian Government
  • Receive push notifications of urgent information and updates

The app can be downloaded from the AppStore or Google Play.

From 1 May 2021, all Tasmanians will be required to use the Check In TAS app when visiting businesses, organisations and events. The Check in TAS app will be the only digital system used for collecting contact tracing information in Tasmania.

If you haven’t already done so; where possible you will need to download the app to your smart phone or device. If you do not have a smartphone or are unable to use one, others in your group can check in for you on their device or staff at the premises will be able to record your contact information on their device or with pen and paper.

Visit the state government’s official coronavirus information website for more information about the Check In app and alternatives. 

paranaple centre – Vaccine clinic

From 24 May a temporary Vaccine clinic will be located in the paranaple convention centre. The Tasmanian Health Service have advised that North West Clinics are currently offering vaccines to people who are aged 50 years and over.

The clinic will be delivering around 280 doses per day – it will deliver Dose 1 on the below days, then return to the same site 12 weeks later to deliver Dose 2. Bookings are essential.

  • Sunday, 23 May
  • Monday, 24 May
  • Tuesday, 25 May
  • Sunday, 30 May
  • Tuesday, 1 June
  • Sunday, 6 June
  • Monday, 7 June
  • Tuesday, 8 June
  • Tuesday, 15 June

If you have not already arranged an appointment with your local GP (for the paranaple convention centre or alternate location), please make a booking at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/community-clinic or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. More details about the Tasmanian COVID-19 vaccine rollout can be found at: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/rollout

 

 

Getting Vaccinated Against COVID
Dr Shannon Melody

Specialist Medical Advisor

Tasmanian Vaccination Emergency Operations Centre

COVID-19 vaccinations are a big step towards protecting the lives of millions of people around the globe and reducing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a global scale, COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of over 3.3 million people.

All Tasmanians need to have accurate information to help them make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Below are answers to Tasmania’s most frequently asked questions.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Vaccination is an important way to protect you, your family and your community against COVID-19. You will be protected from severe COVID-related illness and will have the peace of mind of offering another layer of protection to your loved ones and the people around you.

High levels of vaccination against COVID-19 is a key tool in fighting the pandemic. If most of the adult population gets vaccinated, this will reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic. Every dose of vaccine makes a difference.

Which COVID-19 vaccines are available in Tasmania and how do they work?

There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia: the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine. Both vaccines require two doses. For the Pfizer vaccine you will receive two vaccinations approximately three weeks apart. For the AstraZeneca vaccine you will receive two vaccinations approximately 12 weeks apart.

Both vaccines are highly effective at reducing the severity of COVID-19. Both vaccines work by training your immune system to recognise and respond to the virus that causes COVID-19.

What about vaccine side effects and the blood clotting issue?

Over a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered globally to date. The COVID-19 vaccinations available in Australia have been approved by our expert regulatory body, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Once approved, the TGA and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) monitor data within Australia and from around the world to ensure that the vaccines remain safe.

All vaccines can have side effects, and the COVID-19 vaccines are no different. After vaccination some people experience no side effects at all and some experience mild side effects. Serious side effects are very rare.

Common side effects of vaccination may include redness at the vaccine site, a sore arm, muscle aches and fatigue. Some people may also experience a mild fever or headache. These symptoms usually start within 24 hours of vaccination and last for 1–2 days. These symptoms are not of concern unless severe or persistent. If you experience side effects that worry you, contact your GP.

A rare but serious side effect called thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia syndrome (TTS) has been associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. TTS occurs when there are blood clots (thrombosis) and low platelets (thrombocytopaenia). This syndrome generally occurs between 4—20 days after the first dose of the vaccine. Global data suggests that while the overall incidence of TTS is low, it is higher  in those under 50 years of age. This newly described syndrome is different from more common clots, such as deep vein thrombosis. These more common blood clots can occur in around 50 Australians every day separate to vaccination and are not related to the rare TTS clotting disorder.

TTS has not been seen after the Pfizer vaccine. As a result, the Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people under 50 years of age.

If you have already received your first dose of AstraZeneca without complication, there is no reason to delay or miss your second dose (even if you are under 50). Both doses of the vaccine are required to be protected against COVID-19.

If you have any concerns about getting vaccinated, speak with your usual health care provider.

Which vaccine should I get?

Pfizer is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under the age of 50.

In people aged 50 years and over, AstraZeneca is recommended. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risk of the rare but serious blood clotting complication for people in this age group. This is because the risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19 infection increase with age.

Decisions about which vaccine to administer are based on the best medical evidence available.

If you have particular concerns about your own circumstances or condition, please speak to your doctor or health care provider.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for community groups

The Australian Government – Services Australia have a range of resources groups can use when helping people in the community affected by COVID-19.

Find more on the Website here

If you have any other suggestions that may be helpful, please do not hesitate to send them through to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au  Thank you.

Council have collated some handy hints to keep your Sports team, Service club, Trivia team, Organisation, Volunteer group, Community group etc connected and engaged whilst staying safe at home.
Find them here.