COVID-19 vaccinations commence at Albury Wodonga Health
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 / Albury Wodonga Health
The COVID-19 immunisation program was launched today at Albury Wodonga Health (AWH), with trained health professionals administering the Pfizer vaccine to priority Phase 1(a) frontline healthcare workers.
Staff from the Emergency Department, COVID-19 testing clinic and Intensive Care Unit were some of the first to receive the vaccine, following weeks of preparation by AWH’s Local Public Health Unit (LPHU).
“Preparing for the local vaccination roll out has been a momentous task for all involved. I would like to thank our LPHU and staff who have been working tirelessly in undertaking this significant coordination effort,” AWH’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Kalimnios, said.
“I would also like to thank everyone who rolled up their sleeves today in participation. Today marked an important step in protecting our local community and vulnerable patients’ from COVID-19 health implications, and I am proud that Albury Wodonga Health is contributing to the Commonwealth’s vaccination program.”
Amongst the first staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine was Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager and COVID Services worker, Caroline Grealy.
Caroline’s day-to-day work involves caring for potential COVID-positive patients, meaning she was identified as a priority Phase 1(a) vaccination recipient, and was excited to take this crucial step towards COVID-safety.
“For me, there was no hesitation in rolling up my sleeve today. Being vaccinated is one of the greatest safeguards in the fight against COVID, and will help protect me, my loved ones, and my community,” Caroline explained.
With AWH’s official Vaccination Hub in Wodonga still under construction, today’s initial vaccines were administered from a temporary Hub located at the Albury Base Hospital.
Chief Operating Officer, Emma Poland, explained that operations will commence at the High Street Wodonga Vaccination Hub in the coming weeks.
“Construction is currently underway, with the Wodonga-based Hub due to open its doors on Monday 22 March. We look forward to welcoming frontline workers to this location soon,” she said.
AWH is expected to administer 100 vaccine doses to Phase 1(a) workers this week, with numbers due to increase over the course of the month.
Individuals who fall into Phase 1(b) – including individuals aged over 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and those with an underlying medical condition – will be eligible to receive vaccines from local GPs and pharmacies in the coming months.
“I encourage everyone to receive their vaccinations as soon as the opportunity presents itself,” Caroline stated.
“However in the meantime, it’s still important to stay safe by maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands, and making sure to get tested when you’re feeling sick.”
To see the latest information and advice about the COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria, please visit: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine or health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines.