Residents at Glenfield's Whiddon Aged Care facility say they were 'proud and happy' to be among the first Australians to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Australia's Covid-19 Vaccination Program is already under way with residents and staff at aged care facilities across the state already undergoing the jab.
Whiddon chief executive Chris Mamarelis said he welcomed the vaccine rollout for residents at Whiddon Easton Park in Glenfield - which is Whiddon's largest aged care campus with almost 500 residents.
"We feel very fortunate and excited to be among the first aged care homes to receive the vaccine," he said.
"We have seen a great response from our residents and families, with a large number of residents choosing to have the vaccine."
The roll-out at Whiddon Easton Park commenced on Monday, February 22.
"The Australian Government has recruited a clinical workforce who have been trained to administer vaccines to residents, Mr Mamarelis said.
"The team we welcomed at Whiddon Easton Park have been great and we are appreciative of their support.
"The very first Whiddon resident to be vaccinated was 88-year-old Betty Whybrow who was very pleased to have the vaccine first up on Monday morning."
Ms Whybrow said she was very proud and happy to be the first Whiddon resident to have the vaccine.
"The vaccine is important in helping to protect people from the virus and we all need to do our bit to help keep everyone safe," she said.
"It was quick and simple to have the vaccine."
Mr Mamarelis said Whiddon was very supportive of the vaccine roll-out "as we know our residents are at a higher risk from the virus".
"The vaccine rollout is a significant milestone in the fight against Covid-19," he said.
"During the pandemic our highest priority has been to keep everyone in the Whiddon family safe and our teams have worked incredibly hard to achieve this."
Mr Mamarelis said Whiddon had not had any cases of Covid-19 at any of its facilities, including the Glenfield location.
"I cannot thank our employees enough for their efforts during the pandemic," he said.
"It has been a tough time for everyone during the pandemic - the vaccine brings some hope and relief in our collective fight against Covid-19."
Thousands of aged care residents in Australia, at more than 240 facilities, will receive their first Covid-19 vaccine dose this week.
The facilities are located across Australia in over 190 towns and suburbs in rural and urban areas including Minto, Austral, Glenfield, Prestons, Heathcote, Peakhurst, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Cronulla and Engadine.
States and territories will initially have 16 Pfizer vaccination hubs operational across Australia.
NSW's hubs will be at:
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW)
- Westmead Hospital (NSW)
- Liverpool Hospital (NSW)
Find out more about the rollout, at: aus.gov.au.