Villages offer vaccine hub for aged care workers

Umina Beach-based aged care organisation, Peninsula Villages, has made its facility available as a hub to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to Central Coast aged care workers.

The vaccination hub, due to start putting doses in arms as soon as August 13 will be set up within a disused Peninsula Villages’ facility, Jack Aldous House.

The Villages said the clinical nature of the facility, as well as its separation from the rest of Peninsula Villages’ facilities, made it an ‘ideal’ choice of location for NSW Health to use as a vaccination centre.

Aged care workers will be able to access the hub via a separate carpark, meaning there will be no crossover between those attending the vaccination centre and other Peninsula Villages facilities.

It will also be staffed by NSW Health contracted workers, meaning Peninsula Village staff will remain separate from the clinic at all times.

CEO of Peninsula Villages, Fred J. P. Van Steel, said he was happy to put the facility forward to assist.

“As the largest aged care provider on the coast, it’s our duty to ensure that as many staff can be vaccinated as possible,” Van Steel said.

“We know from our own experience that staff want to do the right thing, but many are spending hours, after long shifts, queuing at vaccination centres, or having appointments cancelled due to lack of availability.

“We want to be able to assist all aged care staff on the Coast to access a vaccine so they can continue to do their jobs.”

The announcement comes after the Federal Government confirmed that vaccines will be mandatory for all aged care staff, with all staff to be vaccinated by September 17.

Media release, Aug 6
Peninsula Villages