Perth quarantine nurses first in WA to get jab22nd February 2021
“Us getting this done protects the vulnerable as well so there’s so many positives to having it.”
Fellow nurse Keita Winks, who was the second in WA to receive the shot, said seeing the impact of COVID-19 on other parts of the world was motivation to get the jab.
“We work in the hotels, they’re the only places in Perth that have the positive cases, we have both had firsthand conversations or dealt with the people who have had COVID and we have seen it firsthand … it does give you that momentum to protect what we have here,” she said.
WA received its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday, with 4500 doses arriving from Sydney in large eskies storing the vials at minus 80 degrees.
WA Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said it was expected around 1000 frontline workers in high risk COVID-19 environments would get their first jab by the end of the week, with 331 booked in for Monday, and a further 238 on Tuesday.
“This is actually a momentous day for Western Australia as we embark on the biggest vaccination program the country has ever seen and certainly the biggest one we’ve ever seen in WA,” he said.
“It is expected that everyone in Western Australia will have the opportunity to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of 2021.
“Further details on how to access the vaccination will be widely promoted to the different priority groups as they become eligible and to the broader community thereafter.”
The pop-up clinic will move from the Hyatt Regency Perth to other locations in the coming weeks, with clinics to be set up at Perth Airport and the ports, to target other high risk workers.
The number of people getting vaccinated is expected to “exponentially grow” as the Federal government moves through its priority cohort stages.
The first to be offered the vaccine are frontline quarantine and healthcare workers; and staff and residents at aged care facilities.
Staff and residents at Aegis Woodlake will be the first people from an aged care facility in WA to receive the jab, with vaccinations commencing from 10.45am today.
Dr Robertson said WA would receive 5000 doses each week for the next three weeks as part of the national roll-out.
A person requires two injections, scheduled weeks apart, to be vaccinated against the virus.
Heather McNeill is a senior journalist at WAtoday.