Update 14, 2021 on SMC Response to Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

Parents, Guardians and Carers,

I hope that many of you may have had the opportunity to view the St Monica’s Day Prayer Service last week.  It was a very special production, appropriate for the importance of the feast day we celebrated remotely.

The scourge of this virus and the resulting lockdown and restrictions continue.  The situation seems more difficult to cope with as time goes on for so many people.  If you are feeling like this, you are not alone.

Please remember the College’s Finance Office and the Counselling Team are two  departments to assist you in their own particular way.  Please make contact if needs be.

I include hereunder a statement all schools received late last week regarding vaccinations.  Please read this text from the Victorian Government.

As part of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, all Victorian school students aged 16 years and above are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccineThe Victorian Government aims to vaccinate all final year students by the time they sit their end-of-year exams. Final year students are therefore urged to immediately make an appointment to receive a vaccine by following the instructions under the heading ‘How to book an appointment’ below.

State vaccination centres have recently had their capacity increased to support Victoria’s drive to administer 1 million doses of the vaccine by 19 September.

Students completing their final year are particularly asked to book an appointment as soon as possible to support the safe conduct of examinations. As their parent/guardian, I encourage you to help them to book and if needed, support them to attend their appointment.

Final year students are asked to consider getting their first vaccine before the GAT on 9 September. In addition, it’s recommended not to get the vaccine on the day of an exam, or the day before an exam – to avoid feeling common but mild side effects such as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, fever and chills and/or joint pain during the exam.

Consent

Students can book their own appointment and consent to vaccination themselves if the health professional assesses them to be a mature minor.

Booking an appointment

To book an appointment, visit the coronavirus.vic.gov.au website or contact the Coronavirus hotline by phoning 1800 675 398.

To find a vaccination centre and opening times, visit the coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.

From 30 August, people aged 16-39 can get their COVID-19 vaccine at a doctor’s clinic, pharmacy or community health service.

You can find a participating doctor, pharmacy or community health service through the Australian Government Eligibility Checker. You can book your appointment online or by calling the vaccine provider nearest to you.

School based employees are encouraged to make appointments at times that minimise disruption to the educational program of the school and supports for students.

More information

For more information about eligibility, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

For further assistance, contact:

  • the Department of Health Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398
  • the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080.

I hope that this will provide valuable information for you as parents and carers.

Shalom – Anywhere You Go.

Brian Hanley OAM

College Principal