Mansfield Courier

MSC students roll up their sleeves for jab

- By EMMA OLIVER

MANSFIELD Secondary College final year students are in the final countdown with VCE assessment beginning on Tuesday, October 5 followed by the external exam period starting on October 27.

The culminatio­n of their schooling year has been underscore­d by the State Government’s timely roll-out of a vaccinatio­n blitz aimed at vaccinatin­g all final year students before sitting end-of-year exams.

“As part of the vaccinatio­n program roll-out, students in year 12 have the opportunit­y to be immunised prior to final assessment­s,” principal Timothy Hall said.

“And for many of our senior students, Friday was the first dose of the vaccine.”

With the program organised by Mansfield’s vaccinatio­n clinic, the school was pleased to be able to support the hub in achieving this milestone.

“We are very lucky to have a hospital, council and medical clinics who are proactive in terms of providing for the health of our community,” Mr Hall said.

“On the basis of informatio­n provided by the Department of Education and Training, our school strongly encourages all eligible students to be vaccinated for their own safety and to support the safety of the community.

“The more students and staff who are vaccinated, the more protected our community and our school will be.

“And though as a school we do not provide health advice, the messages we have been providing to our school community throughout the pandemic, are messages authorised by the department which in turn are based on the very best expert health advice available.”

Mr Hall does urge any students and parents who have any health concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccines and/or testing to discuss the issue with their GP.

Cameron Butler, chief executive officer of the Mansfield and District Hospital, however, has said that recent data demonstrat­es how important vaccinatio­n is to the people of Mansfield, with a total of 7388 people receiving at least their first jab at the close of business last Thursday.

“Pleasingly Commonweal­th vaccinatio­n data shows Mansfield is in the top 15 per cent of Victorian local government areas for people over the age of 15 years having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” Mr Butler said.

“As at September 5, a total 72.2 per cent of Mansfield’s eligible population had received their first dose, ranking it twelfth of 80 local government areas in the state.

“It’s not only about protecting ourselves and family, but the goal of resuming some sense of normality in our lives.”

Which started for Mansfield’s year 12 students returning to the classroom on Friday, and the prospect of on-site assessment beginning in early October.

 ?? PHOTOS: Shaun McMahon ?? INFORMED: Dr Will Twycross and MSC student Addison RossWeddel­l completing a medical questionna­ire and discussing the Pfizer vaccine.
PHOTOS: Shaun McMahon INFORMED: Dr Will Twycross and MSC student Addison RossWeddel­l completing a medical questionna­ire and discussing the Pfizer vaccine.
 ??  ?? ASSESSED: Year 12 students from MSC being assessed prior to their vaccinatio­ns before their own end of year school-based assessment­s.
ASSESSED: Year 12 students from MSC being assessed prior to their vaccinatio­ns before their own end of year school-based assessment­s.

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