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Vaccination update for residential aged care workers in regional NSW

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On July 28, the NSW Government announced Pfizer doses would be redirected from state-based vaccination sites in some rural and regional areas to south west and western Sydney in order to vaccinate Year 12 students in the LGAs most affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Further information on this can be found on the NSW Health website.

This redistribution should not affect a worker’s ability to be vaccinated ahead of the September 17 deadline for mandatory vaccination.

Facility operators should note the following when communicating with your workforce:

  • GPs will continue to supply Pfizer vaccinations in regional NSW as their supplies from the Commonwealth Government remain unaffected by this reallocation. AstraZeneca remains available from GPs, NSW Health clinics and a number of pharmacies
  • Residential aged care workers are prioritised for Pfizer vaccinations, irrespective of age, at all primary care clinics and should have an appointment allocated to them within seven days of their request
  • The Commonwealth vaccine service providers and PHNs are working together to plan the delivery of in-reach clinics and static vaccination hubs at which workers can receive a first and/or second dose
  • Additional Pfizer is being provided for GPs, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to prioritise vaccines for residential aged care workers
  • NSW Health has provided an assurance that those who have had a first Pfizer dose will receive their second dose

Hubs in the following locations are opening shortly. Residential aged care facilities will receive direct communication about how staff can book into these.

  • Umina
  • Mayfield
  • Port Macquarie
  • Morisset
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Cessnock
  • Port Stephens
  • Taree
  • Glen Innes
  • Kempsey
  • Casino
  • Armidale
  • Narrabri
  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Inverell
  • Gunnedah
  • Tweed Heads

Additional local vaccine hubs are coming on line and residential aged care facilities will receive direct communication about how staff can book into these.

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