COVID-19 vaccine Directions for access to correctional facilities

Media release
Under the Public Health Act 2016, Directions have been issued to restrict access to correctional facilities (prisons, workcamps, the Banksia Hill Detention Centre or the Corrective Services Academy) recognising the unique risks posed by COVID-19 to vulnerable populations.
Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines
  • From 1 December 2021, all persons requiring entry to correctional facilities (unless exempt) will need to be at least partially vaccinated (first dose) against COVID-19 and
  • From 1 January 2022, all persons requiring entry to correctional facilities (unless exempt) will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Anyone requiring entry to correctional facilities will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status from 1 December 2021. Refer to Services Australia for the best way to access proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

This Direction applies to any persons who enter a correctional facility in any capacity unless exemptions apply.

Entrants must provide proof (hard copy or digital) that they have been vaccinated in a form stated below:

  • An Australian Immunisation Register immunisation history statement (for proof of partial vaccination, minimum requirement by 1 December 2021);
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certification (for proof of full vaccination, minimum requirement by 1 January 2022).

Alternatively, proof of exemption will need to be provided,

For further information refer to the WA Correctional Facility Entrant Directions.

Immunisation medical exemption criteria is available from the Australian Government website.

To book a COVID-19 vaccine, and for more information about the vaccines, visit Roll up for WA. Refer to Services Australia for the best way to access proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. 

For information about making a visit, including E-Visits, select the relevant site from Visiting prisons or detention centre page.

Page reviewed 29 November 2021