west gippsland aged care residents welcome covid vaccination
Residents roll up sleeves for vaccination

Forty-eight residents of Andrews House at Trafalgar rolled up their sleeves to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Commonwealth Government’s national roll out.

Elaine Smith was one of the first in line to be vaccinated and said she had no hesitations.

“If it protects people and helps get life back to normal I’m all for it, Elaine said.

105 year old Lilias Hart gave it the thumbs up saying she didn’t feel a thing.

Ron and Dorothy Blakeman said it was simple and would provide protection for everyone.

The program is part of a vaccination drive coordinated by the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU) to vaccinate the priority Phase 1 A Group which includes residents in public aged care facilities and front line health care workers.

The team of trained vaccinators from GRPHU travelled to Trafalgar on Friday to administer the Pfizer vaccine to Andrews House residents supported by nurse immunisers from West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

WGHG Chief Executive officer, Dan Weeks, said it was an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

“The response from residents to the vaccination program is terrific. At Andrews House, 98% of residents have consented to their first vaccine dose. This is an important step to help keep residents safe and well.

Residents at WGHG’s Cooinda Lodge aged care facility at Warragul will be next to receive their vaccinations on Monday March 15.

WGHG Director of Clinical Operations, Trish ‘O’Kelly, said It was a smooth process from start to finish at Andrews House.

A clinic was set up in our Friendship Room where residents entered one area to receive their vaccination and then throughto a sitting area for observation where they could enjoy a cup of tea and a sandwich. Those who were less mobile received their vaccination in their room.

Trish O’Kelly praised the great team work between the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit, WGHG Infection Control Unit and Aged Care staff.

“WGHG nurse immunisers have received training under the direction of the GRPHU and will be assisting the roll out of a WGHG staff vaccination program set to start soon. This is an important step in keeping our people safe and well and enable them to continue to provide the best care for our community.”

A date has not yet been set for the beginning of a wider community vaccination program.

People can find out what phase of the roll out they fall under, by visiting the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility calculator at:


For more information about the vaccine roll out in Victoria visit the Victorian Government’s website at: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine



Media Inquiries: WGHG Public Relations Manager 03 5623 0600

west gippsland aged care residents welcome covid vaccination