As of 11.59pm tomorrow night, Thursday September 16, staff working in aged care facilities must have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and provided evidence of such or must have booked a dose prior to October 1, 2021.
These are the State Government’s Public Health Orders.
I am pleased to report that Shepparton Villages has all but four of its staff vaccinated with either one or both doses.
This is a wonderful indicator of the staff commitment to their own health and wellbeing and that of the people they care for. Of the four staff who have not been vaccinated, three have confirmed plans to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination prior to October 1, 2021. The remaining staff member, who has been contacted, has not supplied evidence of a first dose vaccination and in accordance with the Public Health Orders, is unable to work shifts at Shepparton Retirement Villages.
I am extremely proud of our staff and their approach to this directive to ensure the risk to residents is minimised, and that as an organisation we comply with the State Government’s Public Health Orders. Shepparton Villages has advocated strongly for all aged care workers to become vaccinated for some time, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
A huge thank you to all of our staff.
The Public Health Order also applies to volunteers and contractors entering the residential aged care facilities, and our systems and processes for recording evidence of a first dose vaccination apply to those parties, and we again thank those who have complied with the orders.
Similarly, our residents have taken up vaccinations – even though they are not mandatory amongst residents. While there has been a backlog of data on the Department of Health interactive map for Shepparton Retirement Villages vaccination rates, it is pleasing to see our Aged Care Residential Homes are now sitting in the 90 to 100% vaccination range.
We look forward to the day when we can move more freely within our community and welcome back families and visitors to our homes.