EGHS staff vaccine rollout commences

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout for staff at East Grampians Health Service commenced on March 24.

Staff in phase 1A received their vaccine first, followed by all remaining staff in phase 1B, with the program to be completed soon after Easter. They are receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The first staff member to receive the vaccine was Claire Sladdin.

“We are pleased that our staff COVID-19 vaccination program has started,” EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman said.

“It is important that all our staff are vaccinated to protect them from coronavirus.”

Mr Freeman said he was extremely proud of his staff and the way they have worked together during a very difficult time over the past 12 months.

“They came together to solve problems, often ‘thinking outside the square’ when they needed to, and went about their work with good humour and great camaraderie throughout it all,” he said.

“Whether clinical or non-clinical, they have all stepped up to the plate and I am proud of each and every one of them.”

Claire Sladdin was the first staff member to receive the vaccine, pictured here with nurse immuniser Bec Peters