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Aged care residents and staff to be vaccinated from Monday

Victorian aged care workers and residents in public aged care facilities will be first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Minister for Health announced today as the state recorded three new community-transmitted cases of the virus.

In a statement this morning, Minister Martin Foley said workers most likely to come into direct contact with a suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) case would be the first Victorians vaccinated under the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Our priority is to support the Commonwealth to make sure that the vaccine is administered to workers at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19 as quickly and safely possible,” Mr Foley said.

“Whether they work in hotel quarantine, at the airport, or a specialist COVID ward – we need to keep Victorians most at risk of infection safe, while they continue to keep Victorians safe.” 

From Monday, trained Victorian health professionals will start delivering doses of the Pfizer vaccine to hotel quarantine and health hotel workers, airport and port workers, high-risk frontline health staff and public sector residential aged care staff and residents.

Public health services operating hospital vaccination ‘hubs’ will administer the Pfizer vaccines at dedicated hospital facilities, hotel quarantine settings, Melbourne Airport, or through mobile outreach teams.

Austin Health, Monash Health and Western Health hubs will deliver the initial vaccines to Victoria’s most at-risk workers. Alfred Health will also work with the Monash Health hub to deliver vaccines.

“Hubs will deliver the vaccine to public sector residential aged care patients and workers, with the Commonwealth responsible for providing the vaccine to residents and workers in private sector aged care and disability care,” Mr Foley said.

The Barwon Health hub will begin its public sector residential aged care program from next week, trialling an outreach model to be implemented across regional Victoria. Barwon Health will also vaccinate port of entry workers in Portland.

Hubs at Albury-Wodonga Health, Ballarat Health Services, Bendigo Health, Goulburn Valley Health, and Latrobe Regional Hospital will begin operating in the coming weeks.

The Commonwealth has allocated 12,000 initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine for use at the hospital vaccination hubs in the first week of the program, with the Commonwealth set to provide 59,000 doses of the vaccine to Victoria over the first four weeks.

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