Liverpool to Bega: Nurses assist in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Registered nurse Jo Barrie gives South East Regional Hospital Emergency Department nurse unit manager Shannon Aldridge her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with colleague Clinical Nurse Consultant Valerie Heathcote (left).
Registered nurse Jo Barrie gives South East Regional Hospital Emergency Department nurse unit manager Shannon Aldridge her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with colleague Clinical Nurse Consultant Valerie Heathcote (left).

Registered nurse Jo Barrie said it is a "huge privilege" to assist in the rollout of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to southern parts of the state.

Skilled nurses from the Liverpool Vaccination Hub are sharing their expertise in Bega and helping to establish an outreach clinic at South East Regional Hospital.

Their trained immunisers have helped give the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to frontline healthcare workers and training staff in vaccinations using the skills they have gained in Liverpool.

"It's a unique time in history and it's a huge privilege to be involved in immunising people so we can protect the community and keep everyone safe,'' Ms Barrie said.

"The staff in Bega have been so welcoming. There is a wonderful sense of team work with all of the healthcare workers because we are all in this together for the common good.

"They are grateful to have our expertise and to learn about what we have been doing because the Liverpool Vaccination Hub has been running smoothly and efficiently.''

Clinical Nurse Consultant Valerie Heathcote has been training staff to open additional vaccination clinics in regional areas including Cooma. She will return to Bega in two weeks to give vaccination recipients their second dose of the injection.

"I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to help in a meaningful way,'' she said.

"We can fight to prevent COVID generally and support southern NSW. I have met many people who are still hurting from the bushfires last year, yet they have been so welcoming and enthusiastic. They know we care and the rest of Sydney cares about them.''