The Victorian Government is taking immediate action to keep people who live in residential disability settings, private aged care residents and staff safe with a vaccination blitz to ensure workers in these vulnerable settings are protected against coronavirus.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today welcomed the blitz and is encouraging workers in private aged care facilities and the residential disability sector local aged and disability workers in the Shepparton region to come forward to receive the first dose of the vaccine – where they will be given priority access at:
Location: Shepparton Showgrounds – McIntosh Centre
Dates: Wednesday 2 June to Sunday 6 June 2021
Times: 9am – 4pm
Required: Must present evidence of current employment in Aged or Residential Disability sector
Other vaccination hubs in Northern Victoria participating in the blitz include the Wodonga Vaccination Hub and Bendigo Community Clinic.
Staff are eligible for either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines depending on their age. Priority access will be ensured by active queue management.
Aged care and disability workers are already eligible to be vaccinated at state hubs and can continue to attend at any time during opening hours. However, this priority access five-day blitz will ensure they can be vaccinated quickly during peak periods and do not need to book in advance.
While the Commonwealth will continue to be responsible for in-reach in disability residential settings, Victoria will also work with providers to support access to state-run vaccination sites to increase the current low level of vaccinations.
Outbreaks across Australia have shown how fast coronavirus can spread across these sensitive facilities – and while all public sector residential aged care centres have been visited by state-run outreach teams for first vaccine doses, private facilities have lower vaccination rates and are significantly more susceptible to ongoing outbreaks.
Victoria has experienced record vaccination uptake over the past week. In the week ending Sunday 30 May, 95,676 doses were administered through state-run centres – an increase of 66 per cent over the previous week.
Since the Victorian Government expanded vaccine eligibility at state-run sites to those aged 40-49 on 28 May, more than 22,000 Victorians in that age group have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Vaccine capacity will increase in line with supply. Victorians are encouraged to continue booking their vaccine appointments through the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or by visiting walk-up centres if they are over 40.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We are stepping up the pace of the vaccination program and ensuring our aged and residential disability workers have priority access to receive the jab.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley
“Victorians have come out in force to get vaccinated in the past week – now we’re stepping in to make sure those who work in our most vulnerable settings have priority access to a vaccine to protect our most at-risk groups.”
“We’ve seen first-hand the devastation coronavirus causes among our aged and disability care population – alongside getting tested and isolating, vaccination is the best way to protect the most vulnerable Victorians.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“All dedicated and hardworking aged care and disability workers need easy access to the vaccine, so we’re making it easier for them.”