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COVID-19 Vaccine rollout at Benetas
Benetas welcomes the Australian Government’s rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program for all aged care residents and frontline employees as a matter of priority. Frontline health care employees and aged care and disability care employees are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 and also may spread the virus to vulnerable persons and the elderly, they have been identified as groups to be offered the vaccine first, along with aged care and disability residents.
Our Wellbeing Team are working closely with all parts of the organisation to ensure the effective roll out of the vaccine as soon as it is made available to our homes and people. Benetas continues to be guided by the official health advice from the Australian Department of Health, and we look forward to sharing these with you as soon as we can.
Last Updated 23 February 2021.
Voluntary and free for all in aged care
As per the Department of Health’s guidance, all COVID-19 vaccines in Australia are currently completely voluntary and free, including for residents, employees and volunteers in aged care. The vaccine is an important public health initiative to reduce the health risks of the virus on our frontline employees, volunteers and all older Australians. At Benetas, we want our community to engage positively with the program and feel fully supported to make an informed decision.
Latest health advice
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have undertaken a rigorous assessment process to ensure the approved vaccines are safe and effective. Specific health advice for people over 85 years of age is that frail older Australians should be carefully assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please speak to your GP about the appropriateness of the vaccine for yourself.
For further health advice on the vaccine for people in aged care and older Australians, please review the Department of Health’s resources for aged care residents, families and carers. We also encourage you to seek GP advice on any particular health concerns regarding the vaccine that you may have.
We are very proud of our employee and volunteers’ uptake of vaccinations in the past and look forward to continuing this ethos and supporting our community to make informed decisions for their health and wellbeing going forward.
Ongoing access to our services and aged care homes
Please rest assured that the care and rights of all Benetas residents and clients will not be affected following their decision to receive the vaccine or not. As such, this will not impact their involvement in social events or access to communal space if they do not participate in the vaccination program.
Under current health directives, visitor access will also not be affected based on the decision to as to have the COVID-19 vaccine or not.
Rollout across Benetas services and consent forms
The Department of Health is managing the roll out of its vaccination program according to priority suburbs, towns and groups. Benetas is following this advice to help administer this when available to our residents, employees and volunteers. We will notify you as soon as we have details on this.
Please complete the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form in order to receive the vaccine when it’s made available to you.
FAQs and feedback
For further information please refer to Benetas’ FAQs for residents, families and visitors. Please also refer to the Department of Health’s FAQs on COVID-19 vaccines in residential aged care.
If you have any further questions or feedback regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination rollout across our services, please contact Covid19Enquiries@benetas.com.au.