Mornington Peninsula aged care roll up their sleeves

Infection Preventionists Ingrid de Beer (left) and Sue Thorpe (right) from Peninsula Health’s Infection Prevention and Control Unit prepare a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Mornington Peninsula’s first public sector aged care residents and staff have begun receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents at Peninsula Health’s Carinya Aged Care Centre at Capel Sound rolled up their sleeves last week, as phase 1a of the vaccine rollout expands across the region after beginning with frontline healthcare staff.

Carinya Nurse Unit Manager Michelle Paine says Carinya’s staff, residents and their families are keen to receive the first of their two vaccine doses, seeing the vaccine program as an important step towards protecting themselves and each other.

“The last twelve months have been very challenging for the aged care sector, for the families of the residents as well as the staff. That’s why everyone is so grateful for getting vaccinated so everyone can have the confidence of that extra layer of protection,” says Michelle.

“Our residents spent time isolated from friends and family for lengthy spells, last year in particular, so the vaccination process is such an important and vigilant step for them to be taking.”

“There was a lot of behind the scenes work involved in implementing the vaccination program, and our residents were very closely monitored after receiving the Vaccine.”

“We all look forward to 2021 being a much better year ahead, especially with the rollout of the vaccination program.”

To find out what phase you are in use the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Calculator.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website