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    FIRST IN LINE: East Grampians Health Service’s Claire Sladdin was the first staff member to receive the vaccine. She is pictured with nurse immuniser Bec Peters.

Staff vaccine program underway at Ararat Hospital

A COVID-19 vaccination program for staff at an Ararat hospital has started after the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week. 

East Grampians Health Service training and development manager Claire Sladdin was the first of the hospital’s staff to be vaccinated under the program. 

Chief executive Andrew Freeman said staff in a phase 1A category would be first to receive the vaccine and all remaining staff in phase 1B would follow.

“We are pleased our staff COVID-19 vaccination program has started,” he said. 

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“It is important that all our staff are vaccinated to protect them from coronavirus.”

Mr Freeman said he was ‘extremely proud’ of his staff and the way they worked together during the pandemic. 

“They came together to solve problems, often thinking outside the square when they needed to and went about their work with good humour and great camaraderie throughout it all,” he said.

“Whether clinical or non-clinical, they have all stepped up to the plate and I am proud of each and every one of them.”

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