Dear hostel resident or relative (Assunta, Alverna, St Helens)
I am writing to remind you that OLOC hostel residents (people living in Assunta, Alverna and St Helens) are due to receive their second dose of Pfizer Covid vaccinations tomorrow, Saturday 8 May.
As with the 1st dose, I have one favour that I need to ask of you to help us make this day work better for residents.
So that our residents’ experience of receiving the vaccine is as simple and stress free as possible, and because we want to closely monitor residents after they receive their second dose, we are again asking relatives to avoid visiting Assunta, Alverna and St Helens on the vaccination day if at all possible.
As we explained before the first dose, it is a major undertaking to vaccinate a large number of people in one day and we want to ensure that the process is as relaxed and easy as possible for residents. Again, this second dose of the vaccine will be administered by an independent health team of eight people and any residents who are bed bound will receive the vaccine in their own rooms. However, as a precaution any resident who shows signs of acute illness on the day will not be vaccinated. Our staff will focus both on ensuring that day to day care is provided and that residents are both well supported beforehand and closely monitored afterwards. We are much better placed to achieve this if relatives avoid visiting any of the Hostel areas on this one day. You can be assured that we will quickly contact the primary family contact person if there are any concerns after the vaccination.
New Restrictions on visiting
We appreciate that Mothers’ Day is on Sunday 9 May 2021 and you are welcome to visit from 9.00am on Sunday morning, but visits will need to be consistent with the new restrictions which were announced by NSW Health yesterday. The restrictions are:
- A maximum of 2 visitors may be permitted per resident, per day
- All visitors must wear a surgical mask
- Visits should take place outdoors where possible.
Also, we would prefer that you do not take your relative out on Sunday unless you really need to, as we will be monitoring them. In any case, NSW Health are now advising that ‘resident outings should avoid crowded indoor areas such as shopping centres and restaurants.’ So, if you really think you need to take your resident out on Sunday, you need to take this advice into account and avoid any sort of crowded indoor areas.
If you have any questions or concerns you can raise them with Peter Squire, our Quality and Performance Manager on 9832 5406 or our Operations and Development Manager, Jenny Fahy on 9832 5418.
Chief Executive Officer
7 May 2021