Student influenza sessions
While most students are learning from home at present, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has advised that delivery of the secondary school immunisation program is an essential medical service and your child should still receive the required vaccines on time. Accordingly, Central Goldfields Shire will be continuing with the school immunisation program for year 7 and 10 students at Highview College and year 7 students at Maryborough Education Centre.
When and where?
10 September 2020
Community Hub, 12 – 22 Nolan St. Marybrough
The session will be running from 2PM to 6PM and bookings are essential.
Please book your child in through Eventbrite:
MEC: Book here
Highview: Book here
What safety precautions will councils be putting in place at immunisation sessions?
The following safety measures will be put in place:
- Council has chosen a venue that is well spaced, allowing for social distancing. All bookings are to be made via Eventbrite, ensuring that limited capacity throughout the session is achieved
- Display signage at the entrance of immunisation sessions that specifies unwell people (such as those with fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or a cough) and those who are a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) are not to attend immunisation sessions
- Provide hand washing or sanitising facilities at the entrance
- Arrange seating, queueing and administration so that there is 1.5 metres between clients and between clients and staff
- Limit the vaccine process to one adult with the child being vaccinated (unless there are special circumstances)
Shouldn’t we be staying at home?
Travel and attendance at an immunisation service or to receive a vaccine is considered an essential activity under current restrictions, which allow for Victorians to leave their homes to seek medical care. One parent or carer should accompany students. Maintaining existing public health initiatives, such as the secondary school immunisation program, is a priority at a time when of safe and effective vaccination programs are so important.
Why not delay the vaccine program until students are attending school again?
Any delay in the delivery of vaccines may not be able to take place if an increase in community transmission of the COVID-19 virus should occur. The current restrictions allow for the program to go ahead. Going ahead with the program while adhering to social distancing and hygiene measures ensures the health of our Year 7 students. In the case where Year 7 students have received their first dose of HPV, a second dose is required after a minimum of six months for the best protection.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions regarding the delivery of the secondary school immunisation program, please contact council on 5461 0610.