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Vaccination rollout to begin in Barwon South West region

Friday, 19 February 2021

The Barwon South West’s COVID-19 vaccination program will commence on Monday.

People in priority groups who are most at risk and who need protection the most will receive a vaccine first. 

The Barwon South West’s COVID-19 vaccination program will commence on Monday. People in priority groups who are most at risk and who need protection the most will receive a vaccine first. The rollout will begin with the Pfizer vaccine for the initial priority groups including border/port workers and frontline healthcare workers, including staff in emergency care, acute wards, immunisation, COVID-19 testing, and aged care facilities. 

Barwon South West Public Health Unit director Professor Eugene Athan said Barwon Health is well prepared for the first vaccination on Monday.

“Our Public Health Unit (PHU) has been working towards this day for many weeks now and we are confident the vaccination program will run smoothly on Monday,” Prof Athan said.

“We expect to immunise more than 100 healthcare workers on Monday from high-risk areas like emergency departments and intensive care units at University Hospital Geelong, Epworth Hospital and St John of God.

“Staff and residents in Barwon Health’s aged care facilities will also receive the vaccine next week.

“Initially, around 2000 people will receive vaccinations in the first phase of the Pfizer rollout over the coming weeks at Geelong and via an outreach model in Portland.

”People will require two appointments to obtain a vaccination certificate, with a follow-up booking made when the first immunisation takes place.

“The vaccine has been rigorously tested and is proven to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness and death related to COVID-19,” Prof Athan said.

The PHU is pleased to be able to offer this important service and looks forward to establishing more centres for the AstraZeneca vaccine for the broader community during the later phases of the rollout.

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