Aspen Medical chosen to supplement the existing immunisation workforce for specific populations across Australia
The Australian Government has announced that it is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout by securing an additional vaccine workforce and working to deliver essential training to everyone who will administer the vaccinations. Aspen Medical has been appointed to the panel that will be called upon to provide a vaccine workforce to supplement the existing immunisation workforce for specific populations.
Australia’s vaccine roll out will be carried out through hospitals, General practices, state and Commonwealth vaccination clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and Pharmacies.
Having established our capability and capacity to provide a skilled workforce, particularly for some of the most vulnerable groups throughout each state and territory, Aspen Medical will help support and supplement these existing services and assist in outreach in areas such as aged care and remote and indigenous communities working with existing providers.
The Australian Government has been closely monitoring the immunisation programs operating overseas, including in the United Kingdom and the United States, and one of the critical requirements has been the availability of a ready and capable immunisation workforce.
Australia’s vaccination strategy requires the highest levels of operational readiness. As vaccines are approved for use in Australia and the vaccination program commences, the Australian Government is ensuring the workforce is there to administer the vaccines in an efficient manner, particularly to priority groups including residential aged care, residential disability, and carers.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP said, “This vaccine workforce will support the jurisdictions for their part in the vaccine rollout. We anticipate they will also partner with peak organisations and other providers to assist in administering the vaccine for harder-to-reach populations, such as remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”
Internationally, Aspen Medical has been contracted to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations in the USA and the United Arab Emirates.