Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 23 February

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

  • No COVID-19 positive inpatients.
  • Seven employees in precautionary quarantine.

As we prepared to administer the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine yesterday, the sense of everyone’s pride and excitement was noticeable. It was a moment in time, poised to become a moment in history.

This watershed moment has been more than a year in anticipation. From treating Australia’s first COVID-19 patient, to leading the way in safely caring for every patient, each other and community, your commitment is what brought us to this point.

Although we are nowhere near finished, I hope you will take the time to reflect on the role you have played over the past year in delivering excellent healthcare despite considerable challenges.

Thank you for your determination to get us here and your continued commitment to protecting yourself, your colleagues, our patients, and the community. Now more than ever, please continue to inform yourselves via credible sources outlined in the update and, in particular, the employee vaccination web hub.

I also want to acknowledge the Vaccination Project Team, led by Rhonda Stuart, Tom McLaughlin and Claire Pierce, for their role in setting up the vaccination program.

Thank you.

Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Key Messages

Stay informed about the vaccination

With vaccination commencing, there is renewed energy and hope in the fight against COVID-19. Now more than ever, it’s essential to stay informed with reliable information from trusted sources.

Our new Monash Health employee vaccination web hub is a great start. On our ‘About the Vaccines’ page, you’ll find the latest information and resources relating to current COVID-19 vaccines from the Australian Government and Monash Health, including safety information, effectiveness and what to expect following vaccination. Ensure you check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Vaccination bookings

Please note that you do not need to book your vaccination directly; the time for your vaccination will be based on your role and advised to you by email.

Managers play a crucial role in vaccination rollout

Managers have a critical role to play in ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccination program runs smoothly. You will help your team with questions, identify and schedule priority employees, and offer pre and post-vaccination support.

We’ve created an information for managers page to support you, including a COVID-19 Vaccination Program Manager Guide. Check back regularly for the latest news and resources.

Sharing the excitement of day one of COVID-19 vaccination

Today marked more than 390 days since Monash Health treated the first COVID-19 positive patient in Australia. We proudly became part of a pivotal moment in the country’s fight against the virus, as we became one of the first hubs to commence the phased vaccination rollout in Victoria. It is a milestone day as we lead the way in the fight against COVID-19.

We encourage all employees to take a moment to reflect on your dedication to getting us this far and the excitement of the day. Read more about this watershed moment and see the highlights of the day shared in an image gallery here.

Rachel shares her vaccination experience via video

Hear from Dr Rachel Rosler, Director of Emergency at Monash Medical Centre, who shares her impressions of the vaccination process, how she feels and her message of hopefulness to the Monash Health community. Watch the video here.

Monash Health in the media: leading Victoria’s vaccine rollout

Monash Health teams’ hard work and expertise made the news over the past three days, particularly when we began vaccinating prioritised Phase 1a frontline employees and aged care recipients as part of the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Catch the latest ‘scoops’ here.

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.



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