Kamis, 18 Februari 2021

Coronavirus Australia live news: Three days to go until the first COVID vaccines are administered in Australia - ABC News

International lounge to become vaccination site at Melbourne Airport

Midwife Kylie Roper will be among the first Victorians to get the Pfizer vaccination on Monday, when she'll also be leading one of the teams delivering vaccinations at Melbourne Airport.

Ms Roper says an international lounge had been transformed into a "state-of-the-art" vaccination hub in the space of a week.

"We've got 10 cubicles, we've got walls up around all of those cubicles, we've got an area for a waiting space, so it's all false walls that have gone up, we've got a lockable area for our vaccine to come in from the Sunshine Hospital," she told ABC Radio Melbourne.

She says staff vaccinations would be staggered to ensure that anyone who developed the occasional cold-like symptoms after the vaccine could stay home.

"We're not going to jab all of our staff that are here on-site on Monday for that very reason, so that we can make sure that we have sufficient staff," she said.

After being heavily involved in the state's coronavirus response, including running the busy Melbourne Showgrounds drive-through testing site, Ms Roper says she's looking forward to the vaccinations on Monday.

"I'm very excited actually, it's been a long time coming but we're here, so it's awesome."

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2021-02-18 23:34:36Z

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