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Many Geelong carers looking after elderly people in their homes still have not been vaccinated against coronavirus

Many Geelong Carers looking after elderly in their homes not yet vaccinated

Many Geelong carers looking after elderly people in their homes still have not been vaccinated against coronavirus, with providers pushing to bolster rates among staff.

Prestige Inhome Care acting chief executive Thea McCroary said the service had a care team of about 150 in the Geelong region, supporting around 350 clients.

 Ms McCroary this week said in Geelong about 30 to 40 staff had been vaccinated out of about 150.

“We believe there may be more than this, but that have not advised us as yet and some may choose not to disclose this,” she said.

Ms McCroary said with factors including an accessible local vaccine hub available in Geelong, it was hoped these numbers would rise.

“We strongly encourage staff to get vaccinated, and are facilitating access to vaccinations centres where possible,” Ms McCroary said.

She said the organisation had a target of 80 per cent for vaccination among care staff.

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