The Central Coast’s leading aged care and disability service provider, Coastlink, has today increased protection for some of our region’s most vulnerable citizens, by providing 49 staff and a small number of clients living independently, with their first dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Coastlink CEO, John Davis, says he is exceptionally pleased to be able to offer this additional level of protection to frontline workers and subsequently the people they are supporting, in this high-risk sector.

“Coastlink is committed to providing the best levels of care and protection for both our staff and clients, no matter what the circumstances,” says Mr Davis.

“COVID-19 has definitely created some challenging times for anyone operating in the disability and aged care sectors, as we need to constantly evolve our model of service delivery to adhere to changing restrictions and continue to provide the best possible support for people who can be particularly vulnerable and isolated within our community.”

“Making these vaccines available for close to 50 of our staff is one way we can provide added protection to those who need it most at this time.”

Mr Davis adds he hopes to see more COVID-19 vaccines made available for those within the aged care and disability sectors.

“While the Australian Government has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all residential aged care workers, this has not yet been extended to include all disability and aged care support workers at this stage,” Mr Davis added.

“While workers in the aged care and disability sectors have been prioritised in the vaccine rollout, we hope to see the widespread availability of vaccines for anyone within this space in the near future.

“In the meantime, Coastlink will continue to follow the directives from NSW Health and the federal and state governments in relation to the vaccine rollout and will do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of every individual in our care.”