The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District reached a major milestone this week in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the first of their frontline workers receiving their vaccination against the disease.
Among the first staff within NBMLHD to be vaccinated is Naomi, the Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery from Lithgow Hospital.
Naomi said she was willing to do whatever it took to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
"I want to make sure my family, my local community and patients are safe," she said.
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"The vaccine will help me and others from getting seriously ill and I encourage everyone to get theirs once it becomes available to them."
NBMLHD Director of Public Health, Dr Victor Carey said the extra layer of protection the vaccine provides along with existing prevention strategies will help to prevent people from getting seriously ill.
"Getting vaccinated is one of the best protections against this virus. It is safe, effective and free and will help us to live our everyday lives more freely," he said.
"The vaccine has been reviewed to meet standards set out by leading medical and regulatory authorities across the world including Australia's own Therapeutic Goods Administration."
COVID-19 vaccination is being rolled out in phases.
The first stage of the rollout is for those most at risk including health, aged and disability care workers, aged care residents and hotel quarantine workers.
"The vaccine is a big step in controlling COVID, but it's still only one step, please remember to continue to follow the health advice and keep the community safe," Dr Carey said.
Everyone in Australia will have access to COVID-19 vaccines and will be offered a free vaccine when it is their turn.
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