Few of us like to be told what to do. As healthcare professionals, asking questions is part of our job – to examine and probe until we’ve found the outcome that is right for the people we care for every day. That’s why those working in the health sector are so good at what they do!
It’s no different when it comes to getting the Covid vaccine; we think everyone should know all the facts before getting it. The reality is, however, that our health system is in real danger of becoming overwhelmed if we aren’t all vaccinated. Think: how might that impact you?
A health service could be decimated by sickness, resulting in overworked staff who have to compromise on the care they provide. Even worse, they could close or have to reduce services, due to insufficient staff; then who would take care of those most in need? If an outbreak occurred in a hospital, large teams may have to isolate – where would competent replacements be found, and how quickly? Planned surgeries, like your mum’s hip replacement she has been waiting years for, would be cancelled. Emergency departments around the country would be under resourced – so if your partner had an accident at work, they could be waiting a very long time to receive treatment. Your children’s education would be on hold too when schools inevitably had to close their doors.
It’s these types of very real scenarios that drove a colleague to get double-jabbed, despite a lifetime of vaccine hesitancy:
“I’ve always held strong beliefs about vaccines – something passed down from my parents – so I struggled with the idea of getting this jab. But I had to put aside my personal concerns and instead consider the consequences of a health system in crisis. One of the biggest things for me was thinking about the unnecessary suffering people would go through if our health system was overrun; like the people that won’t be able access adequate care or support (especially our older people) or those who would lose their livelihoods if businesses were forced to close. Getting the jab is one thing I can do to help stop this from happening.”
Super Saturday – 16 October 2021
This Saturday 16 October will see the biggest nationwide vaccine push since the rollout began – being dubbed ‘Super Saturday’. The Government and our health services are aiming to have 100,000 people receive their first or second jabs. Walk-in and drive-through vaccine clinics will be open across the country (all day into the evening). If you need extra support, take someone with you on the day. Find your closest vaccination centre.
Vaccine mandate for healthcare workers
The Super Saturday event comes in the wake of an announcement from the Government thatanyone carrying out “high-risk work in the health and disability sector must now be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.” For those of us working in (or associated with) the health sector, it’s important we understand how the vaccine mandate might impact our business (and our ability to do our jobs). Find out more information about mandatory vaccines.
For The Eldernet Group, we want to get back to visiting our clients again – aged residential care facilities, retirement villages and service providers around the country – so getting the vaccine is an important part in getting back to ‘business as usual’.