It starts with me

The critical nature of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout and the need to protect our communities and reduce the impact of the pandemic, particularly on at-risk and vulnerable populations, has never been more apparent.

We have seen the devastating consequences of the spread of the Delta variant on our doorstep with healthcare staff in NSW struggling to cope with case numbers, COVID-19 positive people dying at home and people most at-risk of adverse COVID related health outcomes too scared to seek care.

Our Executive Team have got the #JabDone

WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington said we are each called on to take strong leadership roles within our workplaces and our communities.

“With zero cases of COVID-19 in the WA community, we have time to encourage our staff and our stakeholders to be vaccinated.

“We have time to continue to support and nurture important partnerships between general practice, primary care, state health, healthcare providers, community organisations and other vaccination partners.

“We have time to prevent the tragic circumstances occurring in New South Wales playing out within the community we know and love – by encouraging our friends and families to be vaccinated.

General practice has administered more than a million vaccines in WA, almost half of the state-wide total, which includes those given at state-run and other vaccination centres.

With vaccine supplies increasing, it should take less time to double this number ahead of a potential Delta outbreak in WA. But that is not enough.

“While the work that general practice teams and other vaccine providers have done is amazing, they need our help to achieve this collective goal to protect our state.

It starts with me is our way of asking you to take one small action today that will combine with the subsequent actions of other Western Australians to become a powerful movement.”

These six simple steps are a great way to start.

  1. DOWNLOAD these resources to share on your digital channels
  2. Walk the walk – book your own vaccine appointment today, if you’re not already vaccinated
  3. Empower your staff / colleagues – encourage your staff / colleagues to get vaccinated, and make it easy for them to do so
  4. Work your contacts – amplify the message and encourage your networks and peer groups to get on board and get vaccinated
  5. Reach out – consider practical ways to help people book an appointment and get to vaccination centres
  6. Have the conversation – talk to family and friends, and tell them to speak to their GP if unsure about getting vaccinated

You might also want to consider hosting an onsite vaccination clinic. Soon, workplaces will be able to engage a vaccination provider to administer the jabs to staff at their workplace, as part of the continued expansion of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout program.

Find out more about our role in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout.

We acknowledge the work done by our Victorian colleagues at Murray PHN for the inspiration for this campaign. Thank you and stay safe.