FRONTLINE workers at Frankston Hospital have begun to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Peninsula Health staff began to receive their first vaccine doses on 3 March. Nurse Vanessa Nolan said “it went absolutely fine, barely felt a thing.”
“It was a really simple and seamless process. I sat in the chair, signed a consent form, got the vaccination, sat down for about 15 minutes or so and then back off to work,” she said. “I’ve seen the effects of the virus on people and their families. I’m just doing my part to get vaccinated, not just to protect myself and my family from infection, but everyone else in the entire community.
“Every vaccine that is received brings us that further step closer towards curbing the spread of the virus in our community.”
Ms Nolan has been working in the Bass Ward at the hospital, which is dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients.
The vaccination clinic for staff has been set up at the hospital’s John Madder Hall. Around 15 staff are based at the clinic, tasked with delivering doses to more than 100 staff members a day.
Peninsula Health says that a trained immunisation nurse is on site to administer adrenaline if someone has an adverse reaction.