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‘We’re lucky’: Aged care residents among first Tasmanians to have COVID-19 jab

COVID-19 Sean OKane todayFebruary 23, 2021

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Aged care residents in Tasmania’s north and north-west have received some of the first coronavirus vaccinations in the country.

Key points:

  • The federal government’s vaccine rollout started in 12 Tasmanian towns and suburbs
  • Frontline workers will be the first in the state government rollout, starting on Tuesday
  • An aged care operator says he is ‘over the moon’ after 95pc of residents were vaccinated today

The jabs were rolled out in 12 Tasmanian towns and suburbs, including Newstead, Legana, Newnham in the north and Burnie, Penguin, Ulverstone and Wynyard in the north-west.

While the federal government is in charge of vaccinations at aged care and disability residential care facilities, the state government will oversee voluntary vaccinations for the general population.

Shirley Corbett, a resident at Eliza Purton Home in Ulverstone, is believed to be the first Tasmanian to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Ms Corbett said she had no hesitations, saying “someone’s got to be first”.

“It’s pretty good to actually have the vaccine. We’re lucky that we’ve got it because there are a lot of places that are going to be waiting and waiting and waiting for it,” she said.

An elderly woman wearing glasses smiles as she has a vaccination

Ninety-two-year-old Eliza Purton resident Judith Miles was among the first Tasmanians to be vaccinated.(ABC News: Erin Cooper)

Next in line to receive the jab, 94-year-old Murray Appleby, was not too fazed.

“It’s only a jab in the arm. I mean, it’s nothing to get excited about,” he said.

A line up of needles containing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Frontline workers will be part of the state government vaccine rollout on Tuesday.(AAP: Nigel Hallett)

“If I can do it, anyone can do it … it didn’t hurt very much.”

Thousands of residents at more than 240 facilities across the country will be part of the federal government’s inoculation programs.

They will be administered the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, with the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab not expected to be ready in Australia until next month.

Brett Menzies is the chief operating officer for Respect Age Care, which runs Eliza Purton Home in West Ulverstone.

He said most of the home’s 95 residents were vaccinated today.

“We’re over the moon that we’re able to commence vaccinations and hopefully get back to some sense of normality in the next six to 12 months,” he said.

“It’s been really tough. I can’t speak highly enough of the staff and residents attitude throughout that time.

“And even family and friends having to visit loved ones through windows and over iPad isn’t the same as being able to meet someone in their room and give them a hug.”

Mr Menzies said that with the facility notified on Friday it would be one of the first sites to receive the vaccination, staff spent the weekend preparing — gaining consent from residents and their substitute decision-makers.

“We’ve been able to bowl over the vaccination program here in probably three or four hours,” he said.

First phase done by mid-April

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It came a day ahead of the state-level rollout, with the inoculation of frontline workers starting in Hobart tomorrow.

Inoculation of Tasmania’s quarantine, border and frontline high-risk healthcare workers will begin at Royal Hobart Hospital.

That process will move to the Launceston General and North-West Regional hospitals on March 16.

The aim is for 14,000 priority Tasmanians to be fully vaccinated by mid-April as part of the first phase.

The next phase will include people over the age of 70, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, adults with medical conditions and emergency service workers.

Adults over 50 are in the next phase, with all remaining Tasmanians to be immunised by the end of October.

‘Roll up your sleeves’

Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said while the vaccinations were not mandatory, he was encouraging Tasmanians to have the jab.

“Not only are they protecting themselves, but their loved ones and the entire community.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said there were still some people who were hesitant about the vaccine.

“To those people, I say the Therapeutic Goods Administration has gone through its usual rigorous and thorough processes to ensure the safety and efficacy of these vaccines which are being approved for use in Australia,” he said.

“When it comes to be your turn, please line up along with the rest of us and get your vaccine.”

Written by: Sean OKane

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