Grant Lodge COVID Vaccinations
Grant Lodge Vaccination 18/03/2021
Thursday 18 March 2021 was a very exciting day for Djerriwarrh Health Services with the COVID-19 Vaccination rollout underway at our Residential Aged Care facility Grant Lodge.
Djerriwarrh Health Services Chief Executive Belinda Scott said “It is exciting that Grant Lodge residents & staff are the first people in Moorabool shire to receive the COVID vaccine, we witnessed a significant moment in history yesterday.”
“The roll out of the COVID vaccine to our Grant Lodge residents and staff is a step towards a COVID normal future, it provides protection for our most vulnerable.”
Our first resident to receive the vaccine, Mr Bill Cowan, has been in Grant Lodge for three years and is a well-known identity in the Bacchus Marsh community. Bill’s brother, Graeme said “having the vaccine will bring back some normality to Bill’s life, and the residents of Grant Lodge.”
Our trained Nurse Immuniser Rachel McInnes, who is administering the vaccine to the residents has been nursing for nine years and working at Djerriwarrh for six years said “Being part of this program is exciting for me because it means that our residents will soon able to enjoy the things they love with their loved ones, as we are now able to move closer to normalcy. After working and living through a pandemic as a nurse, it’s a sign of relief to see us moving that one step closer”.
As part of Western Health’s COVID vaccination Hub, the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered from Sunshine Hospital, with 22 residents receiving their vaccinations.
Western Health is one of three Melbourne metropolitan health services to manage a COVID vaccination hub. This Hub will work directly with other health services and private hospitals within the Western metropolitan region of Melbourne to ensure vaccine is offered to high-risk, priority people as soon as it is available. The organisations within this hub includes the Royal Melbourne; the Women’s; the Children’s; Peter Mac, as well as Werribee Mercy and Djerriwarrh Health Services.