Orana aged care residents Ted, Carol, Beverly, Kathleen, Val and Lurline line up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Photo: Lutheran Services)

May 6, 2021

Frontline workers in the Kingaroy area have benefited from a surplus of the COVID-19 vaccine at Orana Aged Care.

A Lutheran Services’ spokesperson said a number of doses remained after all eligible Orana Aged Care residents and frontline staff received their inoculation recently, as per Department of Health protocols.

Not wanting to see the much-needed vaccine go to waste, Orana service manager Kym Zischke reached out to other frontline workers in Kingaroy.

After many phone calls, staff from local medical practices, pharmacies and police fronted up to Orana to receive their first dose.

Not one vial of vaccine was wasted.

“The care and professionalism of the clinical team that came to Orana was amazing,” Ms Zischke said.

“They communicated and dealt with our residents beautifully.

“Everyone was closely monitored. It was a very thorough and well-supported operation. Everything went like clockwork. It’s great to have completed our first round.”

The Orana doses were part of the Phase 1A vaccination roll-out so only aged care residents and Orana staff – as well as frontline workers – were eligible to receive the vaccine.

Orana’s Independent Living residents are separate to aged care residents, so fall under Phase 1B and 2A of the Federal Government’s rollout plan, depending on their age.

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