Jubilee Community Care’s staff are expected to start receiving the first of two COVID-19 vaccinations from this month.
The Australian Government aims to have as many people vaccinated as possible in 2021, prioritising high-risk workers and adults and broadening the rollout as extra vaccines become available.
The most recent information from the Department of Health just before this newsletter went to print stated Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout would begin on March 22.
Those expected to be vaccinated in phase 1B include Jubilee’s staff and other home and community care workers. Also included are older adults aged over 70, those who are immuno-compromised, indigenous Australians aged over 55, and critical and high risk workers.
At a date yet to be determined those aged 50 or older, indigenous Australians aged 18-54, and remaining critical workforce groups will be invited to receive the vaccine during Phase 2A. The remainder of the population aged over 18 will be vaccinated in phase 2B of the rollout with everyone expected to receive at least the first of two vaccines by the end of October.
Vaccines will be administered at selected general practices, General Practitioner-led Respiratory Clinics, Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Clinics, and pharmacies (from phase 2A).
Jubilee executive director Darren Sonter said the vaccine program was an important step in ensuring the health and safety of both staff and clients.
“Jubilee already has taken numerous steps over the past 14 months to protect our clients and staff from the pandemic.” “This is another important way we can support and protect our clients and ourselves. And, of course, Jubilee will remain committed to providing best practice care to continue to minimise the risk to us all.”
People with questions about the vaccine can talk to their doctor or the Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, or visit the Australian Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines
Clients are also encouraged to contact the Jubilee office on 3871 3220 if they have any concerns about their services moving forward.