Over 100 care recipients have now received their first vaccine dose at Monash Health’s aged care residential facilities.
Phil Maes, pictured, is a resident at Eastwood Hostel and was among the first Victorians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, 22 February. Since then, over 100 residents across Eastwood Hostel, Mooraleigh Hostel, Chestnut Gardens Aged Care, Allambie Nursing Home, and Yarraman Nursing Home have received doses.
Deb Gascard, Chronic Disease Management Nurse Practitioner, said that the program has been progressing well with no wastage, and no reported adverse events to date. Deb said that the key was careful planning.
Residential Care Facility Managers at each site worked closely with families and the community vaccination teams to engage with residents, families, and carers about the vaccine rollout.
“Residents were spoken to early in the process about the vaccine itself, and about issues of consent and how comorbidities and medications were being reviewed and managed,” Deb said.
“I think that put their minds at ease, to know that we were comprehensively reviewing each individual’s situation.”
Julie White, Director of Nursing at Monash Health Community said that facility managers and Monash Health legal counsel were invaluable in preparing for the rollout.
“This has truly been a massive team effort. We have created unique checklists for every client, we have navigated consent and legal matters, and our new vaccination team included every possible safety check in the process,” Julie said.
“From facility managers to pharmacists, right through to our vaccine team members sitting and chatting with clients for 15 minutes after administering the dose, we are extremely pleased with how various teams are working as one.”
The program of vaccine rollout at Monash Health aged care residential facilities will continue throughout February and March to ensure residents who have chosen to receive the vaccine receive the second dose at the optimal time to provide maximum protection against COVID-19 infection.
The team at Eastwood Hostel ready for Day One of vaccination
Approved by Katrina Nankervis, Executive Director, Residential and Support Services