NSLHD News February 25

Ryde Hospital emergency department staff waiting for their COVID vaccines

first covid-19 JABS FOR nslhd staff This week registered nurse Abi Pidgeon was

much of how we do life, it’s incredible to think that this is the start of things slowly moving towards the new norms of life post COVID-19. “I am so proud to be a part of that!” The COVID-19 vaccine is being made available to those most in need of protection first. These groups have been identified based on national expert advice. Quarantine workers and emergency department staff, like Abi, have been identified amongst the priority groups. NSLHD Chief Executive Deb Willcox said once the COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out to priority groups, doses will be made available to all other staff and the broader community. “We have been immensely fortunate in NSW and not seen any community transmission of COVID-19 for some time, so we have plenty of time to deliver the vaccine with a staged approach,” she said. “Thank you to everyone involved in the massive logistical effort to get the staff COVID-19 vaccination program up and running. “This truly is a historic and exciting time for us all.”

amongst the first members of staff from Northern Sydney Local Health District to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Abi works at Royal North Shore Hospital’s emergency department and was joined by around 200 of her colleagues from nursing, medical, allied health and support staff, including cleaners, porters and clerical staff, to receive their vaccinations on the first day. Abi was one of more than 880 district staff scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Westmead Vaccination Hub in the first week of the roll out. Abi said the process of receiving her vaccination was smooth, seamless and painless. “It was a momentous occasion going with a group of my wonderful colleagues to get the vaccine,” she said. “I think I speak on behalf of us all to say that we are incredibly proud to be part of this little piece of history. “I am so glad we finally reached this day - it has been so long coming with COVID-19 having an effect on all of us both professionally but also personally. “Even though COVID-19 has changed so

Registered nurse Abi Pidgeon receiving her COVID-19 vaccination

Ryde Hospital environment services staff Karen and Dario received their vaccines



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