From Wednesday June 2 until Sunday June 6, workers in private sector aged care facilities and the residential disability sector will be given priority access to walk-in vaccination hubs around Victoria between 9am and 4pm when they present evidence of their employment.
The following vaccination hubs are participating in the 5-day blitz including:
“This is about stimulating that demand and getting more workers to get greater coverage at the private aged care sector and the disability sector,” said the Minister, Luke Donnellan.
“We have concerns there isn’t enough coverage, that is why we are stepping in.”
Government can’t say how many aged care workers have been vaccinated
The vaccination blitz comes as it emerges the government doesn’t know how many aged care workers have been vaccinated.
When asked on ABC Radio this morning how many aged care workers had received their vaccine, the Minister for Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck said there were 40,000 vaccinated aged care staff that the government “is aware of”.
He explained the health advice was for residents and staff not to be vaccinated at the same time, and worker vaccination was complicated by the fact that anyone under 50 was not recommended to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said the government’s centralised vaccination database, which stores information about all our vaccines, does not have the granularity of including occupation.
Colbeck said the government is now asking providers to inform them about staff vaccinations when they submit information about flu vaccinations.
Arcare mystery case no longer a mystery
Victoria’s Minister for Health Martin Foley said the first reported case in aged care, at Arcare Maidstone, has now been linked back to an infection source.
“The genomic sequencing has confirmed that that case is directly linked to the South Australian hotel outbreak quarantine,” he said.
“That is at least confirming in our mind that this is all the one related cluster from the South Australian hotel breach.”
The Minister also revealed that all staff and residents at Blue Cross Sunshine aged care home have tested negative, apart from the one reported case yesterday, an aged care worker working between Arcare Maidstone and Blue Cross sunshine.