Praise for frontline residential care staff for achieving vaccination target

Nearly 2000 HammondCare residential care staff have met September 17's mandate for a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Residential care worker at HammondCare Horsley gets her COVID-19 vaccination from a nurse, she is holding a sign that says "Team Horsley, part of the solution"HammondCare Chief Executive Mike Baird has congratulated the nearly 2000 HammondCare residential care staff for meeting today’s mandate for a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

As of 9am this morning, more than 99% of HammondCare residential care workers had received their first dose following a final onsite clinic at Cardiff yesterday. More staff are expected to report results today.

Of these staff, 73% this morning have had double vaccination.

“HammondCare’s motivation will always be what’s best for the vulnerable people we care for, and our team and vaccination is the greatest protection against COVID-19,” Mr Baird said. “I want to acknowledge every one of our residential care workers who recognised the need to be vaccinated and took action.

“There has been a huge response across HammondCare.”

The extraordinary response to the vaccination deadline follows initial first dose vaccination rates in these staff of 22.5%, similar to the general community rate, at the time National Cabinet announced the mandatory vaccination deadline in July.

HammondCare launched a series of initiatives, under the oversight of the organisation’s clinical governance committee, to meet today’s deadline, including onsite vaccination clinics through a third-party contractor, competitions, regular staff communication and a Q&A inbox.

HammondCare also made available advice for general practitioners of staff who needed further information.

Chief Operating and Risk Officer Angela Raguz, who also praised the response of staff, said HammondCare has required all workers to present their Medicare Immunisation History statement to confirm their vaccination.

She said HammondCare offered staff time off to recover from any adverse reaction to their vaccination but few staff required this option.

“There is a real sense of pride across HammondCare that we have met the target,” Ms Raguz said.

She said staff who had not been vaccinated as of close of business today have been approached to discuss their circumstances.

HammondCare provides residential aged care services in NSW at Hammondville, Miranda, North Turramurra, Wahroonga, Woy Woy, Erina, Cardiff, Waratah, Scone and Horsley. It also offers services at Caulfield, Victoria.