Frontline Epworth HealthCare workers have begun receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
Epworth Geelong Emergency Department Director Matt Ryan was among the first in Victoria to be vaccinated on day one of the rollout.
Dr Ryan said 264 staff and doctors from Epworth Geelong and Epworth Medical Imaging are in the initial round of 1A frontline healthcare workers to receive the vaccination at a Barwon Health vaccination hub.
“Vaccinating our Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Epworth Medical Imaging teams will help keep patients, staff, doctors and their families as well as the community safe,” Dr Ryan said.
“We know the COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia will be safe and effective so I didn’t hesitate to receive it when it was available. I would urge everyone to consider being vaccinated.”
In Melbourne, hotel quarantine and border staff are being vaccinated first.
Epworth Richmond Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit staff and doctors will begin receiving their COVID jabs in March.