Kyabram Free Press

Jab deadline in aged care

- By Rohan Aldous

Campaspe Shire's residentia­l aged care workforce is the latest to have conditions placed on its employment, with anyone stepping foot on premises from September 17 required to have had at least one COVID-19 vaccinatio­n.

Victoria’s Department of Health has notified all residentia­l aged care providers that all workers, volunteers and students on placement must have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 16.

On average, as of August 26, only 80 per cent of aged care workers in the shire’s 11 residentia­l aged care homes had received their first COVID-19 vaccinatio­n dose.

The average was reduced significan­tly as a result of Kyabram's Sheridan facility in Fenaughty St reporting a vaccinatio­n rate of just 40 to 49 per cent last week.

Echuca facility Wharparill­a Lodge, which reported a false positive case in a staff member late last week, had a vaccinatio­n rate of 50 to 59 per cent.

The figures were revealed on the Federal Government’s Department of Health website, dedicated to reporting on the weekly vaccinatio­n levels of residentia­l aged care workers in Australia.

The government initiative is part of a new push to drive up immunisati­on rates and stop the spread of COVID-19 in aged care settings.

Campaspe’s 11 aged care facilities have an average vaccinatio­n rate of between 70 and 79 per cent, but there is almost a 50 per cent gap between the best- and worst-performing home in the shire.

Echuca's Glanville Village in Service St and Bupa Echuca in Fehring Lane have a 90 to 100 per cent vaccinatio­n rate, more than double that of the Kyabram facility.

Rochester and District Hotel had a vaccinatio­n rate of 60 to 69 per cent with its staff members as of August 23.

Across the border, at

Menarock Life in Moama, the residentia­l aged care facility had a staff vaccinatio­n rate of 70 to 79 per cent on August 24. Southern Cross Care at Moama’s vaccinatio­n rate was 80 to 89 per cent.

The figures suggest vast difference­s between the vaccinatio­n rates among workers in the Campaspe facilities, placing more pressure on aged care home operators to ensure staff and residents are protected.

Figures on the site last week suggested 40 per cent of aged care workers, or some 110,000 people, had not received their first vaccinatio­n dose.

NSW is also making vaccines mandatory for all state health workers, following in the footsteps of Qantas and SPC.

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Echuca facility Wharparill­a Lodge has a staff vaccinatio­n rate of 50 to 59 per cent.picture: Steve Huntley

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