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COVID-19 vaccination information for residents

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on February 23, 2021

Vaccination information for residents

The Government has started its staged roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (click here) and I wanted to get in touch with you to explain what it means for our community.

The aim is to make COVID-19 vaccines safe, free and voluntary for everyone living in Australia.

We agree with the Government’s strong recommendation that everyone is vaccinated if it is appropriate for them.

The vaccine has been proven to be safe, it has been rolled out around the world with excellent results and is the subject of intense safety scrutiny.

It has been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) and will be monitored by the TGA.

Vaccinations may not be appropriate for everyone – if in doubt you should seek medical advice.

To receive the vaccine, you will be required to sign a consent form (click here) and to provide this to the person administering your vaccination. For information about ‘preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination’ (click here).

Residents in residential aged care are the first to get vaccinated as part of phase 1a of the staged rollout. Their vaccinations started on Monday and are likely to take six weeks to complete.

Most residents in our Independent or Serviced Apartments will be included in the next round of vaccinations, phase 1b. Use the ‘vaccine eligibility checker’ to determine which group you are in: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Vaccinations will be administered through COVID-19 hubs, such as Monash Medical Centre Clayton, but some GP’s will also be authorized to give the vaccine to their existing patients.

We have provided answers to some frequently asked questions below, but for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine you may like to visit: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

I will come back to you once we have more information on dates and places the vaccinations will be available.

Stay Safe

Paul Sutton
Regional Operations Manager
Ryman Healthcare


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the vaccine compulsory?
No, it is not, but the Government strongly encourages everyone who is able to get vaccinated, does so. The more people who take part, the stronger our immunity will be.

Will your staff members be vaccinated?
Yes, it is a requirement that they take part in the programme, unless they have a legitimate reason for not being vaccinated.

Is the vaccine safe?
Vaccines have been around for a long time, and the science behind them is well proven. They’re the reason there is no polio or smallpox anymore! The vaccine has been through a rigorous testing and clinical trialling programme and has been approved by TGA and other authorities around the world.

Do I need one jab or two?
The vaccination is a two-stage process, the second injection boosts immunity. The second injection should be at least 21 days after the first.

What are the side effects?
The side effects range from a sore arm to feeling pain, chills and fever.

Can I still get COVID-19 if others get vaccinated and I don't?
Yes.

Can I still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated?
This is still possible, but less likely than if you had not been vaccinated. It is also likely you will get a milder symptom.

Can I have the flu vaccination together with the COVID-19 vaccination?
No. There needs to be a two-week minimum gap between vaccinations. The flu vaccine is not available in Australia yet so the COVID vaccination should be complete before it arrives.

Will the vaccine be effective against the new strains of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom (Kent) and South African variants?
The evidence so far is that it is still effective.

Where do I get the form to fill out?
Our reception will have this available.

Will the vaccination team visit the village?
The vaccination in the village is only for residential aged care staff and residents.

Will it be free for independent residents?
Yes.

How will we book a time?
We will let you know.


For queries contact 1800 288 299 or email residentsupport@rymanhealthcare.com

Handy links:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
https://www.rymanhealthcare.com.au/wellness
https://www.rymanhealthcare.com.au/coronavirus-updates

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