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COVID-19 vaccine rollout commences in aged care facility

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Jennie Magennis was the first at VMCH to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

Catholic Aged Care provider VMCH has begun its COVID-19 vaccine rollout in its 12 facilities, the catholic not-for-profit announced in a media release.

According to VMCH CEO Sonya Smart, 80 residents received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, with all feeling well after their initial dose. Star of the Sea Aged Care Residence in Torquay, Victoria was the first of the organisation’s 12 homes to receive the vaccine.

“We are so pleased that our first round of vaccinations went smoothly, and all residents are feeling well,” Smart said.

“With more of our residences scheduled to receive their COVID-19 vaccine next week, we need to ensure we have the vaccination process organised. Our team at Star of the Sea did a wonderful job, and it all ran perfectly,” she said.

Smart also emphasised that they made preparations to ensure that the vaccine rollout went as smoothly as possible.

“Thanks to communication from some of the other Catholic aged care organisations around Australia, we were able to prepare for the day, knowing how it has run in other homes and some of the issues they had faced,” she said.

Smart said VMCH ensured there were additional staff on the floor on the day, to assist with the constant moving of residents to and from the vaccination space. The immunisation team leader and the Residential Services Manager also ensured each resident was monitored and checked post-vaccination to make sure they were feeling well.

“It was all hands on deck, but our team did a wonderful job. Our Lifestyle and Pastoral Care staff were very helpful in supporting residents whilst they were waiting to get their vaccination too, as we all know how boring it can be while waiting at the doctors,” Smart said.

“It has been a great team effort so far, and I look forward to the continuing successful rollouts across all aged care residences,” she said.


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