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1 October, 2021

Vaccination blitz for aged care workers

AGED care workers collectively rolled up their sleeves last week and lined up to receive their COVID vaccinations.

By Peter McCullagh

The Australian Government had mandated that from September 17, residential aged care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment within the industry.

More than 800 aged care workers received a COVID-19 vaccine recently following a North Queensland vaccination blitz.

Vaccination teams visited residential aged care facilities across North Queensland to provide staff with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Facilities across the north were visited in the vaccination blitz,  including facilities in Cairns, Townsville, Ingham, Bowen, the Tablelands, Hopevale, and in the Torres Strait.

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer Robin Whyte said the vaccination blitz for aged care workers in North Queensland was another important step in protecting older Australians.

“Aged care residents are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, and we need to protect them to the best of our ability throughout this pandemic,” Ms Whyte said.

Ms Whyte said all people aged 12 and above are now able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at general practices, pharmacies, GP-led respiratory clinics, and Queensland Health vaccination hubs.

To check how to book your COVID-19 vaccine, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility or if you prefer not to use the online option, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.


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