Victorian health services central to vaccine rollout

February 24, 2021

The rollout of coronavirus vaccines began in Victoria this week with public health services playing a central role in the operation to protect those most at risk of exposure.

Marking the first day of vaccinations, Health Minister Martin Foley visited VHA member the Austin Hospital where Grace, who manages the hospital’s COVID-19 screening clinic, become one of the first high-risk workers in Victoria to receive the vaccination.

As well as outlining the Victorian Government’s support for the rollout of the Commonwealth vaccination program, Minister Foley used the opportunity to thank the wonderful health workers continuing to keep our state safe.

“We’re pleased to see the Commonwealth’s vaccination program kick-off across Victoria – and we’re ready to do our part to make sure the vaccine is administered as quickly and as safely as possible to workers at the highest risk of contracting coronavirus,” Foley said.

Frontline health staff in COVID-19 screening clinics, specialist COVID-19 wards, Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, and more have been identified as being at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 alongside Hotel Quarantine and Health Hotel workers, airport and port workers, and are being prioritised for the vaccine

Victoria’s public health sector continues to play a central role in the response to COVID-19 with the introduction of hospital vaccination hubs managed by public health services. All nine hospital vaccination hubs will commence operations over the coming weeks.

Hubs will also deliver the vaccine to public sector residential aged care patients and workers, with the Commonwealth responsible for providing the vaccine to the private sector aged care and disability sectors.

VHA member Barwon Health will commence its public sector residential aged care program this week, trialling an outreach model to be implemented across regional Victoria.

The first person to receive the vaccination in Geelong was acute care nurse Jessica, who said she was excited to take the next step towards being COVID-safe.

To learn more about the national rollout strategy click here

To learn more about Victoria’s rollout strategy click here