On Thursday 18 March, Central Highlands Rural Health continued its phase 1a roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents in Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham Aged Care facilities.
More than 70 residents across the three sites rolled up their sleeves to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was administered by the Grampian’s mobile vaccination team from Ballarat Health Services.
Specialist trained Nurse Immunisers administered the first dose of the vaccine to residents, which will be followed by a second dose in the coming weeks.
Trentham Aged Care resident Margaret Wheeler was one of the first residents to receive the vaccine at Central Highlands Rural Health:
“The staff here do all they can to protect us. We’re well taken care of and they try their very best with everything. I think it [the vaccine] is quite important; it is helping us to keep safe.”
Central Highlands Rural Health’s CEO Maree Cuddihy said:
“The lockdowns brought about by this pandemic have not been easy for our residents, their families and the staff who care for them. We want to be able to welcome visitors to our homes without worry. The vaccine helps us protect our residents from the COVID-19 virus.”
Central Highlands Rural Health continues to work with the Grampians and Loddon-Mallee vaccinations hubs, as well as state and federal governments on the vaccination roll-out program and will continue to update the community with further details as they are known.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, visit https://www.health.gov.au/ or call the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline 1800 020 080.
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