Education Update: COVID-19 Vaccination

Hopefully our fight to beat COVID -19 and return to a more normal lifestyle is not too far away with the Astrazenica vaccine becoming available now in Queensland.  Recent events this week highlight how quickly things can change in a moment and how important it is for us all to do everything we can to ensure the safety of the vulnerable residents and clients that we work so hard to care for and support.

Whilst vaccination for COVID-19 is not currently mandatory we strongly encourage all our staff to be vaccinated as soon as possible as this offers the best health care outcomes to both our staff and those vulnerable persons in our care.

When can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

As workers in the health care industry, and particularly with our status of working with the frail and elderly, we are fortunate to have been included in the priority Phase 1b of the vaccine roll-out. 

This phase of the vaccine roll out commenced on 22 March 2021 and many vaccination clinics are already operating in suburbs all over Brisbane. I myself received my first dose of the vaccine at a clinic last Saturday.

Where can I get vaccinated?

A large number of general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and GP-led respiratory clinics already have vaccination appointments available with additional clinics opening every day.

To find a clinic to get your vaccination at you can look at the Federal Government Phase 1b Rollout Factsheet or using the Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

If you have checked these links and are still having trouble finding a clinic to get your COVID-19 Vaccine please email us at hello@heatherhill.com.au and we will do our best to help to locate a clinic near you.

What do I need to bring?

When you go to get vaccinated they may check your eligibility for the Phase 1b rollout. In our experience it is best to bring along your Medicare card, your ID badge and a recent payslip with you when you go to get vaccinated.

If your GP or clinic requires a letter confirming your employment in health care please do not hesitate to contact the Call Centre on 3720 9122 or email hello@heatherhill.com.au and we will organise this for you as soon as possible.

What do I do after I have been vaccinated?

Once you have received either your influenza or Covid-19 vaccination we would greatly appreciate if you could send us a copy of your Medicare Immunisation History Statement. You can email a copy to us at hello@heatherhill.com.au. This will ensure we have a record as and when facilities or home care clients require proof of vaccination.

Thank you again for your ongoing care and support during what has been an incredibly challenging period for everyone. We sincerely appreciate you all doing everything you can to ensure the safety of our vulnerable residents and clients.

Wishing you a Safe and Happy Easter!

Heather