The first staff at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital have today received the AstraZeneca vaccination as the next step to protecting our healthcare workers on the front line of COVID-19.
Clinical Nurse Consultant in Infection Control Nikki Robinson, who has played a pivotal role in the QEII COVID-19 Screening Clinic, has been vital to protecting both staff and the community from the pandemic so she was pleased to roll up her sleeve to receive the first vaccination at QEII.
“It is important for me to be vaccinated because my work is in the high-risk areas. By protecting myself from getting sick, I can help the community stay well also.
“I’m the coordinator of the QEII Vaccination clinic so we have been busy today preparing for our hospital and community staff to come through for their first shot.”
She said the process with the AstraZeneca vaccinations was all about ensuing minimal wastage, only drawing up one vial at a time to supply eight doses.
After collection from pharmacy, sealed vials are stored in a cold box and one vial is drawn up to create the eight doses. Each is labelled and signed out to vaccinators as needed for their next administration.
“The QEII Vaccination Clinic will run daily from 8am – 4pm focussing on Phase 1A high risk staff groups with opportunistic Phase 1B vaccinations to ensure no wastage,” she said.
Registered Nurse in Emergency, Miff Taylor was the third to be vaccinated today and proud to fly the flag for vaccination from the perspective of her high risk cohort.
“Being a front-line worker, it is important to protect ourselves and the community so the vaccination clinic on campus is a great opportunity for me and for staff in Emergency to be vaccinated,” she said.
A/Executive Director of QEII Hospital, Dr Bill Kingswell said that both the process and the actual vaccination was streamline and painless and he looked forward to being COVID-proof.
“At my age, the alternative could be fatal,” he said.
“Across Metro South Health we have performed more than half a million COVID-19 tests and now we are taking the next step ensuring our staff who are still testing members of our community and others on the front line receive their vaccination.”