The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is supporting the elderly with hundreds of COVID-19 vaccinations delivered direct to residential aged care facilities.
WSLHD outreach vaccination teams visited over a dozen aged care homes, administering 619 jabs since May, to help protect residents by having vaccinations (both Winter doses and boosters) available on their doorsteps for ease and accessibility.
Hardi Aged Care Seven Hills just one of the aged care facilities to benefit and resident Lois Crook welcomes the WSLHD jab-to-door service.
“I’ve been brought up by a nurse and I believe in prevention,” said Lois.
“I’m up for any injection that helps to prevent further problems.”
Another Seven Hills resident Hubertha (Beth) Van Den Hende says she feels protected because of the nurse visits.
“I don’t have family or kids to help me,” said Beth.
I am happy with this and I think everybody should have to get vaccinated. If it’s not for yourself – do it for other people.”Beth Van Den Hende
Additional winter COVID-19 boosters are in fact important and now recommended for people aged 16 through to 64 years who have a complex, chronic or severe condition that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
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This is in addition to these existing groups who are already eligible for a COVID-19 winter booster since April 2022:
- Aged 65+
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged 50+
- Residents of an aged care or disability care facility
- Severely immunocompromised and aged 16+.
An additional winter booster dose focuses on protecting the most vulnerable groups against severe illness caused by COVID-19.
WSLHD Vaccinations clinics are operating at:
- Blacktown Hospital Vaccination Clinic: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm; Sat/Sun, 8am to 4pm
- The Granville Centre, Granville: Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 3pm
- Kimberwalli, Whalan: every Friday in June, 11am to 5pm.