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Wimmera Health Care Group expect to begin the vaccine rollout later this month.

The Grampians Public Health Unit has the responsibility to lead the vaccine rollout across the Grampians region while WHCG and East Grampians Health Service have been appointed sub hubs for their areas.

WHCG acting CEO Maree Woodhouse said planning was well underway with partnering health services Edenhope District Memorial Hospital, West Wimmera Health Service and Rural Northwest Health as well as Horsham Rural City Council.

Frontline health workers will be first in line for the vaccination.

Ms Woodhouse said she was not expecting vaccinations to commence before March 15.

“We met yesterday (Monday March 1) with the other WSMHA health services and Horsham Rural City Council and each health service has a number of immunisers undertaking the mandated training to be ready to start the vaccination program after March 15,” Ms Woodhouse said.

“The Grampians PHU has the responsibility of vaccinating all aged care patients in Public Sector Residential Aged Care facilities and that work has begun this week in the Ballarat area,” she said.
Ms Woodhouse said WHCG was proud to have a lead role supporting Grampians PHU in the rollout of the vaccination program for this end of the Grampians region.

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