Kyabram Free Press

Jab rate is ‘well over 76 per cent’

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“Kyabram District Health Services has continued its vaccinatio­n program with all staff at the Sheridan aged care facility, lifting the rates of vaccinatio­n across the centre.

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.

More broadly, more than 60 per cent of our 111 staff (which includes non-nursing) at Sheridan have had their first dose or are fully vaccinated.

We are now working to ensure all remaining staff are vaccinated as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, we continue to take all necessary precaution­s to keep staff and residents safe. This is our highest priority.

All staff are strictly following the Commonweal­th’s COVID-19 Aged Care Guidelines, which include rigorous infection control protocols, restrictio­ns of movement and the full wearing of personal protective equipment.

Sheridan staff are also part of the Commonweal­th Respirator­y Protection Program, including the wearing of fit-tested N95 masks, the highest level of care available.

All staff conduct a full attestatio­n at the commenceme­nt of every shift — which includes temperatur­e checks and other measures — and any staff member with any symptoms is under clear instructio­ns to stay home from work and to receive a negative test, before returning to work.

All residents have had the opportunit­y to be fully vaccinated, through pop-up vaccinatio­n clinics within the aged care home or by accessing their GP or the KDHS sub hub clinic.

We will do whatever we can to ensure we protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff.”

— Kyabram District Health Services chief executive Anne Mcevoy

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KDHS chief executive Anne Mcevoy.

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