Ramsay Health Care is among the winners of a NSW Premier’s Award for its role in partnering with Sydney Local Health District in establishing the first NSW Health Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Centre in Sydney.
Ramsay partnered with 20 other organisations to assist in setting up the mass vaccination centre under the leadership of the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC)and Sydney Local Health District in May 2021.
Sydney Local Health District and the SHEOC operationalised the state’s first mass vaccination centre and vaccinated more than 300,000 people in its first two months, assisted by Ramsay nurses and pharmacists.
The NSW Health Mass Vaccination Centre was the winning entry in the “Putting the Customer at the Centre” category of the NSW Premier’s Awards. The annual awards celebrate excellence in the delivery of public services to the community.
The Mass Vaccination Centre project “put the customer at the centre to ensure that the experience of every person vaccinated is a positive one to increase the confidence of the community in being vaccinated,” according to the NSW Premier’s Awards website.
Ramsay Health Care Australia’s Chief Nurse, Dr Bernadette Eather, said the initiative was a resounding success due to the hard work and determination of everyone involved.
“When we were initially contacted by NSW Health to partner on the establishment of the mass vaccination centre, we didn’t hesitate as we knew the value in protecting our staff and community through high vaccination rates,” Dr Eather said.
“Of course we didn’t anticipate the Delta outbreak in June, but at that point we had vaccinated over 100,000 people, including hundreds of Ramsay staff.”
“I’m exceptionally proud of the way our nurses and staff have stepped up during the pandemic to support NSW Health’s response.”
Dr Eather was among the Ramsay Health Care employees who volunteered to work at the NSW mass vaccination hubs to help protect the community.