Chief Executive Officer update - 3 June 2021

Posted on 03 June 2021 by

Yooralla CEO Terry Symonds getting COVID vaccine

First off, I’d like to address yesterday’s announcement that the lockdown in Victoria will be extended by another week.

This is a difficult and disappointing situation for all Victorians, and particularly the more vulnerable residents of our state.

Disability care is recognised as an essential industry and most of Yooralla’s services will continue despite the restrictions. For the latest update on each Yooralla service, please visit the COVID-19: Yooralla’s response section on our website.

We will continue to update our community as the situation evolves, especially how this may impact on our services. Watch a video message from me to our community.

We will also continue to hold regular forums with customers and families to hear their experience and suggestions on things we can do to maintain their wellbeing.

Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

Yooralla has helped many of our customers and staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, and we encourage the entire Yooralla community to participate in the vital COVID-19 vaccination program.

There is growing evidence, including clinical trials, that shows both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are very effective at stopping people from becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19.

A growing body of evidence also suggests that COVID-19 vaccines reduce asymptomatic infection and transmission, and even one dose is effective.

Both vaccines have also been thoroughly assessed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and found to be effective. Read more about the approval of the vaccines.

As other countries around the world progress with their rollouts, more and more data is becoming available that shows that both vaccines are highly effective when it comes to a real world situation.

For example, data from the UK shows that both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca significantly reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults; and data from the US shows a 94% reduction in risk of being hospitalised for adults 65 and older (see the graphic below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

I got my first shot last week (see the photo above). It was a really straight forward process and took less than an hour from start to finish.

Carers of people with disability – both paid and unpaid – aged under 50, can now receive the Pfizer vaccine at more vaccination centres across Victoria.

Please book your appointment today by calling 1800 675 398.

Vaccine rollout to the disability sector

The Government has provided an invitation for people with disability to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at state-run vaccination centres before Sunday 6 June.

The Government has also provided a letter to prove eligibility for the vaccination.

These two documents and a list of vaccination centre locations are available on the Yooralla website via the following links:

More information is available on Yooralla’s website.

Customers and families can contact their Yooralla service manager for further information or for support to make a vaccination booking or to arrange for a discussion with your GP or medical decision maker.

We’ll continue to keep our community updated.

I hope you find the information below useful. Please stay safe.

Yooralla CEO Terry Symonds

Terry Symonds
Chief Executive Officer

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