RFBI offers vacant buildings for vaccination hubs

Alana Parker 8 Jul 2021

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, RFBI has worked hard to keep our residents, clients and staff safe. We have invested over $3 million in PPE, ensuring our staff have adequate supplies on hand should they need them and paid over $740K in wages to pay staff who have needed to take time off work to get tested, or self-isolate.

We are also doing what we can to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, as we know that this is the best way we can each protect ourselves and those around us.

To encourage our staff to get the jab, in June, RFBI launched an incentive program that will see one staff member, each month between July and December win a $1000 gift card. Every staff member who has had at least their first covid job is going into the draw with the first winner being announced on Tuesday 13 July.

In March, residents at RFBI Bathurst Masonic Village were the first across our services to be offered the vaccination and we were delighted to see a very high take up from our resident community.

Today, all RFBI residents have been offered both doses of the vaccine and pleasingly, almost all have accepted it. We are also supporting new residents to get the vaccine if they haven’t had one prior to coming into the village.

To date, around one third of our staff have had at least one covid jab and we are extremely proud of our staff who have done so. However, not all of our staff have found getting access to the vaccine so easy. Some who would have had it already, have not been able to access it.

Despite being part of the 1a priority group, many aged care workers are still having to wait at least several weeks before they can book their vaccine appointment.

The government has now mandated that all aged care workers receive their first jab by 17 September. We want to help our staff, and all aged care workers, to achieve this deadline and have offered up our vacant buildings in various locations throughout the state to the government to use as Covid vaccination centres.

Most of the existing NSW vaccination centres are located in Sydney, which does not help the very many other aged care workers who work outside of this area.

RFBI is a rural and regional aged care provider and by offering our vacant buildings, we hope to enable the government to be able to expand the number of vaccination clinics so that all aged care staff, families and volunteers can get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

We are also in discussion with other providers to identify available buildings and spaces they have which may be used as vaccination clinics.

Now more than ever it is important that we all work together.