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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 strongly encourages our people to stay informed and take the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when available to them.
Rollout across Benetas services and consent forms
As at 31 May 2021, residents at all of our 14 homes have received their first dose of the vaccine. Ten out of the 14 homes have had both doses with the remaining four to be completed within the next two weeks. Uptake by residents has been strong – with at least four out of five residents at all homes receiving the vaccine.
We continue to support employees to receive the vaccination with numbers rising every day and numerous initiatives in place to speed up the process.
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.