Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information for Community
UPDATE No. 18 - 18 June 2021
Beaufort and Skipton Health Service would like to take this opportunity to update you on our ongoing response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to protect our vulnerable residents, patients and the community. We are being guided by all the information being sent from the Department of Health and subsequently have implemented a number of measures as outlined below.
In response to the most recent COVID-19 outbreak information provided on the 18 June 2021, visitor restrictions remain in place for both the hospital and residential care facilities.
Restrictions are in place for visitors to all of our residential and acute care facilities.
- No visitors are allowed into any hospital or residential aged care facility.
- We encourage residents to not leave the facility unless they require transfer to hospital or to attend a medical appointment that cannot be done via telehealth.
- All events and group activities for residents remain suspended until further notice.
If you have been notified by the Public Health Units Contract Tracers and requested to undergo a COVID-19 test, these are available at both our Beaufort and Skipton campuses via appointment only.
To make an appointment please call Beaufort (5349 1601) and Skipton (5340 1101).
We have limited resources available so we may not be able to facilitate every request for testing.
For more information on testing please refer to the following link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested
CHANGES TO COVID-19 Vaccinations
This week state-wide changes to vaccine availability have come into effect. The changes are in response to high demand for COVID-19 vaccine in recent weeks, and the need to ensure availability of second doses.
Today, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) released revised recommendations in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Effective immediately, ATAGI advises that Pfizer is preferred over AstraZeneca for those aged 16 to 59 years. This is based on recent data regarding thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) cases in Australia and a reassessment of current age-specific risks and benefits of vaccination.
Vaccinations are available through the Grampians Public Health Unit mass vaccination clinic at the Mecure Lodge, Main Road, Ballarat. For more information or to make a booking please call 1800 675 398 or refer to the following link: https://www.bhs.org.au/news-and-events/covid-19-information/vaccination/
Some GP services are also offering vaccinations, please contact your local GP to enquire about their availability to offer you a vaccine.
For further information regarding COVID-19 updates or information regarding current exposure sites, please refer to the following link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update
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