Bethanie workforce fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- As of midnight, 1 December 2021, all Bethanie staff have had both COVID-19 vaccinations
- All Community aged care staff were required by Bethanie to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1 December 2021, ahead of the Commonwealth Government’s 31 December deadline.
As of midnight on 1 December, Bethanie – one of Western Australia’s leading aged care providers – reached the important organisational milestone of having its entire active workforce, including staff and volunteers, receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.
With WA borders expected to open after the WA Government's 90% vaccination milestone is achieved, Bethanie’s leadership group decided to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations among its workforce to ensure they had optimal protection from the virus, as well as keeping one of Australia’s most vulnerable groups as safe as possible.
In line with Government Directions, Bethanie’s s residential aged care workers achieved 100 per cent double-vaccination status against COVID-19 by 17 November 2021.
In addition, Bethanie took the decision to go ahead of any Government requirement for all other Bethanie non-residential staff, including community aged care staff and make it mandatory for all to receive both doses by 1 December 2021.
Bethanie Chief Executive Officer, Chris How, said that achieving this important milestone was important for the organisation, as it demonstrated the commitment of its employees to protecting not only the vulnerable residents in their care, but the wider community as well.
“I am proud of Bethanie’s workforce for being so willing to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19, both for their own protection, and those they care for in a personal as well as professional capacity,” Mr How said.
“This is well ahead of the Commonwealth Government’s vaccination mandate of 31 December and possibly the first aged care provider in WA to have all our staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”
Vaccinations continue to be the most important tool we have available to fight COVID-19, reduce the symptoms, and prevent the spread of this unpredictable virus.”
Bethanie’s vaccination efforts are just one of many ways the organisation continues to prioritise the health and safety of its residents, staff, and volunteers.