April 6, 2020

Staff flu vaccination starts today

Today, Northern Health is commencing flu vaccinations for staff members, with community vaccinations expected to start after Easter.

Staff influenza vaccinations have started early this year, as recommended by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive, said that anyone can be affected by the flu, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is so important that everyone in the community protects themselves.

“By getting the flu shot, we are not only protecting our own health and well being, but those around us as well,” he said.

Roslyn Payne, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said there is currently no vaccination for COVID-19 but getting the influenza vaccination will reduce the risk of getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

“All clinical staff are required to have their influenza (flu) vaccination and this will be administered by a vaccinator in the clinical areas. This year, we are required by DHHS to vaccinate a minimum of 90 per cent of our staff – but it is not just about meeting this target. We want to make sure you and your family are protected as we head into the influenza season,” she said.

Vaccination times will be advertised by the vaccinators in the relevant clinical areas.  In addition to this, immunisers will also be visiting staff work areas to ensure we comply with social distancing policy. Staff working from home are advised to liaise with their manager about a suitable time to attend for vaccination so we can co-ordinate the service appropriately.

“Last year we vaccinated 86 per cent of our staff, and in addition to this we vaccinated over 20,000 people in our community, our family and friends.  Northern is currently working on a strategy to deliver the 2020 Community Program after Easter that will comply with the current Stage Three restrictions. Please see our Intranet and Internet websites and Northern Health’s social media for further details,” Ros said.

Featured image: Siva Sivarajah, CE Northern Health and Licia Perillo, Staff Health Nurse.