COVID-19 Vaccinations for Resthaven Residents
The vaccination for residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities is being coordinated by the Australian Government and delivered by organisations contracted to the Commonwealth Department of Health. The vaccine being provided to residents through this program is the Pfizer vaccine (the AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered through GP programs). Both vaccines require two doses, with different lengths of time between doses.
Resthaven appreciates the cooperation of residents who have chosen to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in providing the required consent information in preparation for vaccination clinics. Unfortunately, Resthaven does not have any direct influence on the timing of the vaccination clinics and must wait until we are notified of the dates. We understand that this may cause some concern. Please be assured that once dates are confirmed, we will notify residents and families.
At present, consenting residents at two of our twelve homes (Resthaven Marion and Port Elliot) have received both doses of the vaccine.
The first clinic has been completed at Resthaven Mitcham, Westbourne Park and Mount Gambier, with the follow up clinic scheduled.
Resthaven Bellevue Heights and Murray Bridge have their first clinic scheduled.
We await information regarding clinic dates for the five remaining homes.
Can Resthaven residents schedule their vaccination directly with their GP?
We recommend for residents to wait for a clinic to be held at their site rather than arranging vaccination through a GP clinic. There is a delay with these vaccinations as well, and we do not encourage this option because of the differing vaccine types. The time between vaccines doses one and two are different, and the support we provide when a clinic is held within Resthaven offers additional monitoring, post vaccination.
For COVID Vaccine Clinics held at Resthaven, the site leadership teams and COVID Vaccine Coordinator make special arrangements, such as additional staff being rostered on to ensure there is 24 hours of ongoing monitoring to support residents post vaccine.
Another important consideration is co-ordinating the timing of the COVID-19 vaccine with that of the seasonal flu vaccination, which requires at least 14 days between vaccinations.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Manager Residential Services or Care Coordinator at your Resthaven home in the first instance. Thank you!
How do you know the vaccine is safe?
All vaccines used in Australia must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA is a group of independent clinical experts who assess the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine before it is registered for use. Immunisation is a safe and effective way to help protect staff and residents in residential care from serious disease caused by the COVID-19 virus. When enough people in the community are immunised, it is more difficult for the virus to spread from person to person.
Do we still need other precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19?
Yes, we need to continue COVIDSafe practices (eg hand hygiene, physical distancing). Having the vaccine is just one part of keeping the community safe and healthy.
What about having the annual flu vaccine?
The current advice from Australia’s immunisation experts is: the minimum interval between having COVID-19 vaccination and any influenza vaccine is 14 days.
Where can you find TRUSTED information about COVID-19 vaccination?
You can find information, including translated information on the Commonwealth Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine website.
You can also talk to your GP about COVID-19 vaccines and why vaccination is an important part of keeping our community safe and healthy.
Types of COVID-19 Vaccines
The Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been provisionally approved by the TGA for people over 16 years of age. This vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart.
The Oxford / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been provisionally approved by TGA for people 18 years and older. Two doses will be required. This vaccine can be safely administered 4-12 weeks apart.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has reviewed the available information on potential links with blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine. The review found there is no increase in the rates of general blood clot disorders in people after they are vaccinated. The ATAGI remains confident in the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Australia’s vaccine safety and regulatory process is world class and people can be confident that vaccines approved for use are safe and effective.
Please refer to Resthaven’s COVID-19 Information for our communities page, for all general information about the COVID-19 pandemic including the latest visitor information.
- Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600
- SA Health COVID-19 vaccine FAQs
- SA Health COVID-19 vaccine FAQs (factsheet)
- Vaccine eligibility checker to determine your eligibility to access the COVID-19 vaccine
- Guide to help people who are frail or very old to make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine
- What to expect on COVID-19 vaccination day at your residential aged care facility
- After your COVID-19 Vaccination
- COVID-19 Information in 64 languages