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Ipswich’s first health care workers get COVID-19 vaccine

Three members of West Moreton Health’s Public Health Unit were the first in the health service to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Natasha, Senior EHO Ramu and EHO Frank were part of a group of frontline healthcare workers to receive the vaccine at the Pfizer Hub at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Natasha said she was delighted to be among the first Queenslanders to receive the vaccine.

“As part of West Moreton Health’s Public Health Unit, we undertake border screening and other high risk priority group 1a work,” Natasha said.

“The vaccine will provide a level of protection for ourselves and our community.”

West Moreton Health Health’s Public Health Unit Environmental Health Officers Natasha, Ramu and Frank

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Ramu said the vaccine was a great step toward protecting the public.

“People in West Moreton can feel safe as the vaccine is rolled out over the next few months,” he said.

Frank said the vaccine was part of the way forward protecting the public and urged people to continue to practise good hand hygiene and social distancing, where possible.

Frank, as a Torres Strait Islander person, urged “all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to get vaccinated”.

As of Friday, 5 March, Queensland has vaccinated 6,534 people.

This data reflects the COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Queensland Health.

Additional COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered by the Australian Government in residential aged care and disability care facilities.

COVID-19 vaccination commenced in Queensland on 22 February, just over a year since the first case of coronavirus was discovered on 21 January 2020.

AstraZeneca, another COVID-19 vaccine, is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-March and Melbourne produced CSL from late March.

It is anticipated Queensland will receive supplies of AstraZeneca mid-to-late March.

As the rollout progresses, more hospitals will come on board as vaccination locations across the state, with the Australian Government intending to also utilise pharmacies, GPs, private practices and community health centres to deliver the vaccine to more people as safely and quickly as possible.

The community is urged to continue to be COVIDSafe.

There are 3 steps you can take now to get ready ahead of the COVID-19 vaccine:

  1. create a myGov account and link Medicare
  2. check your contact details for Medicare are up to date
  3. view your immunisation history statement.

A new app is now available so customers don’t have to fill out their full details every time they visit a different business.

The free app, Check In Qld, makes checking in easier and quicker as the app remembers your details.

All Queensland cafes, restaurants, clubs and similar businesses need to collect customer details electronically to support contact tracing efforts.

Personal information will only be accessed for contact tracing if required.

Customers can download the app now from Google Play or the Apple App Store, or do it at the venue with help from their staff.

For more information on the app, including Frequently Asked Questions and instructional videos, visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld.

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