Skip to main content

 03 4215 0000

COVID-19 vaccinations commence in Geelong

Monday, 22 February 2021

The COVID-19 immunisation program has launched today across the Barwon South West region, starting with the agreed high priority groups identified by the Commonwealth Government.Nurse Immuniser Mary Butters and Jessica Rhook

Frontline healthcare workers, including staff in emergency care, acute wards, immunisation, COVID-19 testing, aged care facilities and border/port workers are first in line and will start receiving the Pfizer vaccine from today.

Director of the Barwon South West Public Health Unit Professor Eugene Athan said these phase 1a priority groups will start receiving their vaccinations at one of Barwon Health’s facilities next to University Hospital Geelong.

“It’s pleasing to see so many staff putting their hand up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today on the first day of the program,” Prof. Athan said.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and highly effective against all strains – it’s an important part of our defence against the virus and in protecting our vulnerable population.”

The first person to receive the vaccination in Geelong was acute care nurse Jessica Rhook, who said she was excited to take the next step towards being COVID-safe.

“It is important for me to get immunised and it feels good to be setting an example for the community,” she said.

“This will protect myself, my patients and the whole community.”

Jessica is one of around 100 Geelong-based healthcare workers and port workers to receive the vaccine today, while staff and residents in public sector residential aged care will be vaccinated next.

Around 2000 people will receive vaccinations in the first phase of the Pfizer vaccine rollout over the coming weeks.


 

Quotes from Barwon Health nurse Jessica Rhook

  • It is exciting that we are now taking the next step to being COVID-safe.
  • It is important for me to be immunised and it feels good to be setting an example for the community. 
  • This will protect myself, my patients and the whole community.
  • We all worry about taking the virus home to our family. It is in the back of my mind when I am working on the COVID ward.
  • People I work with are definitely excited about the vaccine and I feel confident about it being safe with all the scientific reviews and testing, and the fact it has been successfully rolled out in other countries. 

 

Quotes from Professor Eugene Athan Director Barwon South West Public Health Unit

  • We would like to thank those in the first phase of the vaccination for protecting themselves from serious COVID-19 health implications, as well as their family, friends and colleagues.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and highly effective against all strains – it is an important part of our defence against the virus and in protecting our vulnerable population.
  • People will require two appointments to obtain a vaccination certificate, with a follow-up booking made after the first vaccination has taken place for three weeks later.

Useful links

COVID-19 vaccine information

Media Contacts

Public Affairs and Communications manage all media relations at Barwon Health.

Media phone: 03 4215 1119 Note: This phone number is not for COVID-19 (coronavirus) information. Please call 1800 675 398 for general information. 

Business hours:

Monday to Friday

8.30am to 5pm

Email: [email protected]