Staff COVID-19 vaccination clinics open at Randwick and Westmead

Staff across our Network rolled up their sleeves to receive the first jabs of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, at new staff clinics which opened on Monday at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW). Child life Therapist Michelle Rosmarin was the first person to receive the vaccine at SCH, with Nursing Director Alan Gardo, the first to receive the vaccine at CHW.

I’m in the wards every day supporting patients and families and I feel it’s my responsibility to do everything I can to keep them safe. I’m very excited to be receiving the vaccine today and encourage everyone in the community who is able to do the same,” said Ms Rosmarin.

Alan Gardo, Director of Nursing at CHW has been helping lead the Hospital’s COVID-19 response and has been overwhelmed by his team’s eagerness to get the jab.

Our staff have been working tirelessly to protect the community from COVID-19 and are all putting their hand up to get the vaccine. I’m thankful to be getting the vaccine today and adding another layer of protection for myself, my family, and my community,” said Mr Gardo.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) Chief Executive Cathryn Cox said the opening of the clinics is a positive milestone in NSW Health’s response to COVID-19.

Every staff member working across our health facilities will be offered the vaccine, to make sure we do everything possible to keep the thousands of children who rely on our care safe from COVID-19. Robust steps have been taken in developing and testing the vaccine and I look forward to receiving the vaccine, when it’s my turn," said Ms Cox.

Staff will receive two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, given approximately 12 weeks apart. NSW is working closely with the Australian Government to implement a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in NSW, visit the NSW Health website.