Kyabram Free Press

KDHS under fire over vax figures

- By Myles Peterson

The Federal Department of Health has delivered a rebuke to Kyabram District Health Services over the issue of staff vaccinatio­n rates at the Sheridan aged-care facility.

Last week it was revealed less than half of staff at the KDHS-RUN facility had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to figures supplied by the Federal Department of Health.

As of September 17, all staff must have received a vaccine according to Federal Government rules, or they are not permitted to work. Along with the Sheridan facility, KDHS also operates a vaccine clinic.

KDHS chief executive Anne Mcevoy said the federal figures were wrong.

“We can confirm that the rate of vaccinatio­n among 50 frontline nursing staff — those with direct interactio­n with residents — is well over 76 per cent, well above the regional average,” Ms Mcevoy said.

A federal health spokespers­on said KDHS was legally required to provide the figures.

“Kyabram Health District Services is responsibl­e for providing the correct informatio­n to the Federal Government under regulation. If they have not provided the latest vaccinatio­n rates, then they should do so,” the spokespers­on said.

“Any updates the Kyabram Health District Services provides will be updated on a daily basis. All residentia­l aged care facilities

❝It’s concerning that half of the staff at this public aged care facility remain unvaccinat­ed, particular­ly as this facility is run by a public health service.❞ — Victorian Shadow Health Minister Georgie Crozier

across the country are required to provide this informatio­n.”

As of yesterday, the federal data was still indicating a staff vaccinatio­n rate of 40 to 49 per cent, the worst in the region.

Victorian Shadow Health Minister Georgie Crozier said the state government could not be trusted with vaccinatio­n figures at its state-run aged-care facilities and that the Federal Government’s figures for the Sheridan facility were alarming.

“It’s concerning that half of the staff at this public aged care facility remain unvaccinat­ed, particular­ly as this facility is run by a public health service,” she said.

“It’s clear high rates of vaccinatio­n are needed to avoid ongoing lockdowns and ease restrictio­ns, and it’s disappoint­ing vaccinatio­n rates in Victorian public aged care facilities remain low. The Andrews Government should be supporting these local public health services to ensure that staff are being vaccinated.”

Last week, Kyabram’s other aged-care facility, Warramunda

Village, was showing a staff vaccinatio­n rate of 60 to 69 per cent.

Warramunda Village chief executive Sandi Websdale said her organisati­on's staff vaccinatio­n rate figures were above the stated federal health department numbers.

“Eighty-one per cent of our residentia­l aged care staff have received a vaccine, something like 60 per cent have had two,” she said.

“The last 18 or 19 per cent are being offered at the fourth and last clinic next week . . . most of our staff are highly motivated to look after themselves and the community.”

As of yesterday, the federal figures were in agreement, indicating 80 to 89 per cent of Warramunda staff had received at least one vaccine.

The regional average for staff vaccinatio­n sits at 70 to 79 per cent.

Koraleigh Nursing Home at nearby Tongala is reporting a rate above 80 per cent, Tatura’s Parkvilla is above 90, as are two of the four facilities in Echuca.

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