Having been on the frontline of the District's COVID-19 response since the pandemic began, a number of our staff are excited and relieved to be among the more than 35,000 in NSW to be the first in Australia to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
District nurses Jo Keough and Sharon Stewart praised the well-organised clinic staff and described an undeniable buzz and a feeling of being part of history, after travelling to Sydney for their jabs this week.
"We have just been on a high,'' Sharon said.
"I really feel like I have started the journey - of protecting myself, my family and friends and the community.''
Jo agreed and said there was a real feeling in the room, that we are part of something really important - the beginning of the end of COVID and changing lots of lives for the better.
"I have never felt anything like it," Jo said
Around 50 ISLHD staff were part of the first round of NSW healthcare workers with the greatest exposure to potential COVID-19 patients being vaccinated.
These workers include COVID-19 clinic workers, emergency department workers, NSW Ambulance clinical workforce including patient transport workers, COVID ward workers, and critical care workers including support staff and COVID pathology lab staff.
Details will be provided in coming weeks about rollouts to the wider community. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we share more information.
For more information about priority groups and the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: http://www.health.gov.au/initiatives.../covid-19-vaccines