The first Southern NSW Local Health District staff received a COVID-19 vaccination in Sydney today, in preparation for the opening of a vaccination outreach clinic at South East Regional Hospital, Bega.
Two nurse immunisers, one immunisation coordinator and two vaccination administration staff rolled up their sleeves at Liverpool Hospital on Wednesday, February 24, as part of a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination training session.
The team of five will observe and learn from their colleagues from Liverpool Hospital's hub before returning home to the Far South Coast, to assist with the local rollout.
Southern NSW Local Health District's COVID-19 vaccination coordinator Leanne Ovington said that staff are excited and relieved that the rollout has begun.
"The first staff to be vaccinated will be those at highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 positive patients.
"This group includes workers in emergency departments, aged care and COVID-19 testing clinics as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and those older than 65 years of age," Ms Ovington said.
Liverpool Hospital will manage the outreach clinic at South East Regional Hospital to vaccinate health staff from facilities based at Batemans Bay through to Eden.
Southern NSW LHD staff from Crookwell, Goulburn and Braidwood will be vaccinated at the Liverpool Hospital hub and staff from Queanbeyan and Yass will go to the ACT Health clinic at Garran.