Front-line healthcare workers and public aged care residents to receive first COVID-19 vaccine in the Yea region
The past week has marked a key milestone in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination program, with initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine being delivered to workers in Victorian metropolitan areas who are most likely to come into direct contact with a suspected COVID19 case.
This includes high-risk front-line health staff and public sector residential aged care staff and residents. Goulburn Valley (GV) Health has been nominated as one of nine COVID-19 Hospital Vaccination hubs in Victoria, and will enable mobile outreach teams to health services and public sector residential aged care facilities in Shepparton, Numurkah, Nathalia, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Benalla, Mansfield, Yea, Eildon, Kilmore, Seymour, Tatura, Rushworth and Kyabram. GV Health announced last week that priority front-line healthcare workers will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from the week of March 8 at the GV Health vaccine hub, and Victorian public sector aged care residents will commence receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from March 15 in their homes at facilities across the region.
Front-line healthcare workers in Shepparton and public aged care residents located at GV Health Aged Care facilities at the Shepparton, Tatura and Rushworth campuses will be the first to receive the vaccine. Exact timing for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine across the GV Health vaccine hub catchment area – which includes Yea – is expected to be from March 22 onwards but is dependent on vaccine availability and allocation to the local region by the Commonwealth Government.
“We are excited that the vaccines will soon arrive at the GV Health vaccine hub and not too long after will be available to us in the Yea region. Our front-line healthcare workers and public sector aged care staff and residents will be vaccinated first as part of the Commonwealth’s phase 1a rollout. We are working closely with GV Health to co-ordinate timings and logistics for the vaccine launch for our region,” said Louise Sharkey, Director of Clinical Services at Yea & District Memorial Hospital.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia, undergoing a complete assessment and approval process and meeting high safety, efficacy and quality standards. Two doses of the vaccine will be provided at least three weeks apart.
The Australian Government website provides a wealth of reputable information for any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. More specific details about the first vaccinations being provided to front-line health workers and public aged care residents in the GV Health vaccine hub and for the Yea region will be advised soon.
More people will have access to a vaccine as more doses become available throughout 2021.