This morning, the Australian nursing and midwifery official was unable to confirm the number of older workers in Victoria who had been vaccinated.
“I don’t have those numbers with me,” Professor Alison McMillan told Today, when asked repeatedly to clarify how many employees at Victoria’s senior care facilities had been. trapped.
“I’m sure we can provide (the number) later.”
Professor McMillan said “about 70,000 vaccines” have been administered to elderly care workers nationwide.
She said it was understood that the National Cabinet would discuss this week whether elderly care workers should be mandated to obtain the vaccine.
Positive cases have been linked to two elderly care facilities in Victoria, highlighting the vaccination of workers and the deployment plagued by problems.
One of the positive cases, an elderly worker at private provider Arcare in Maidstone, did not receive the first dose on May 12 while other staff received the vaccine as she was on personal leave at the time .
Last year, at the height of the pandemic, 655 elderly care residents in Victoria died from coronavirus.
“We are doing everything we can … to make sure staff have access to the vaccine,” said Professor McMillan.