Within a few weeks of receiving supplies of the annual flu vaccination, the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) provided over 700 vaccines to the local community.
Clinic doctors and staff worked above and beyond to administer the 700+ vaccines. The clinic opened on Good Friday to assist people working to find time outside the regular clinic hours to get their flu shot.
“It’s great to see, from the high community uptake, that the message is getting through about how important it is to get your flu shot every year. It is surprising how many people are getting the flu vaccine for the first time. We are proud the community is doing the right thing to stay strong and protect our Elders and those with chronic health problems this flu season,” said Jay Forrester, Team Leader – Healthy 4 Life.
While there is no vaccine for COVID-19, getting the flu shot is more important than ever. It is anticipated there will be a high demand for flu vaccinations this year. This will help everyone in the community stay healthy and strong over Winter.
Delivering flu vaccination clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic is more complicated than usual. Clinic staff managed new clinic space in the Carpark to adhere to social distancing rules and reduce numbers into the clinic, personal protective equipment, even liaising with local police to ensure people driving to get vaccinated would not be fined.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Wellington Clinic has also adjusted their services to provide telehealth appointments for patients. This helps reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
“We really appreciate the whole community being so understanding about this transition to telehealth. We know people, especially our Elders, are used to face-to-face health care. Our doors are still open, we just ask you to call ahead first. We are still getting patients to come in for medical checks and vaccinations. It’s a team effort to check which is the safest way to deliver the best care for each patient every day,” said Jay.
For more information please contact Jodie Evans via phone 0429 169 419 or email Jodiee@wachs