COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Mental Health Services Forum
The Chief Psychiatrist and Deputy Chief Psychiatrist hosted a forum on Tuesday 9 November 2021 to showcase the learnings from the COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at the Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service.
Watch the video: COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Mental Health Services
(YouTube video – uploaded 12/11/2021)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) raised during the forum
Will Public Health work with non-Government agencies?
- Public Health works in partnership with all mental health service providers including Public and Private Services and Non-Government Organisations, wherever you are located across Western Australia
What does Public Health provide for the Vaccination Clinics?
- Public Health provides expert staff, vaccines, consumables, interpreters, posters and all other tools and resources required
- The Pfizer vaccine is offered
- Public Health will support clinics with both small and large numbers of clients
How long does it take to organise a Vaccination Clinic?
- There is a short lead-in time of a couple of weeks to organise and confirm two clinic dates three weeks apart
Is training available for mental health nurses to become a vaccinator?
- Public Health provides training for nurses to become a vaccinator.
How will we be able to run a Vaccination Clinic when we have a very busy clinic workload?
- Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service reduced the workload for Case Managers on the vaccination days
What are the key strategies that mental health clinicians can implement to support clients?
- Case Managers discussed vaccination with all clients on their case load, encouraged them to attend and obtained their consent
- The vaccine was offered to all clients and also to any of their family and carers who wished to attend the Vaccination Clinic
- Clients did not need to have ID to get their vaccination
- Clients identified the Community Mental Health Setting as a safe, familiar and comfortable environment
- Clients were offered transport to attend the Vaccination Clinic
- A concierge greeted clients on arrival and there were short waiting times
- Case Managers and treating Doctors at the clinic reassured clients on the day
To arrange a COVID-19 Clinic, or if you have any have any further questions, contact NMHSCOVIDVaccination@health.wa.gov.au or phone 9222 8588