TLC Aged Care has today confirmed that they are in a position to assist other aged care providers to vaccinate their residents and staff against COVID-19 and influenza.
Utilising their TLC Primary Care team of immunisation nurses and general practitioners, TLC administered over 7,700 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses to their own residents, staff and contractors between March and May 2021. TLC also completed their annual influenza vaccination program before the on-set of winter. The same team that delivers these ground-breaking programs will now be assisting other aged care providers with their vaccination roll-outs.
Commencing this week, TLC’s immunisation team will be delivering vaccination programs to a residential aged care home in Carrum Downs and a retirement village in Frankston North.
TLC is the only aged care provider in Australia that was approved by the Department of Health to directly administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to their residents, staff and contractors, as part of the Phase 1A roll-out of the national vaccination program.
TLC Healthcare’s CEO, Lou Pascuzzi, explained “TLC is the only aged care provider that has community medical centres located at each of our residential aged care homes; so we have the facilities, experience and expertise to deliver large-scale vaccination programs. Our TLC immunisation team consist of very experienced doctors and nurses, who understand the unique challenge of vaccinating residents and staff in an aged care setting.
“We have been approached by a residential aged care home in Carrum Downs and a retirement village in Frankston North to assist them with their vaccination programs, and we are happy to help. TLC is also are happy to help other aged care homes and retirement villages that require assistance with their programs, if they contact us. I am delighted that other aged care providers are now being proactive in their approach to having their residents and staff vaccinated.
“For too long the executives and boards of the aged care industry in Australia have sat back and expected the Government to spoon feed them; and their lack of traction on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is a perfect example of why that approach is not acceptable or sustainable” says Pascuzzi.
TLC Primary Care’s medical centres have also been approved to vaccinate members of the general public who qualify for the Government vaccination program.
TLC operates 11 residential aged care homes, 10 medical centres, and a registered training organisation located across Melbourne and Geelong.