Shellharbour Hospital has come online as part of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination rollout, a week after the hub at Wollongong Hospital opened.
The first jabs were administered at the hospital's clinic for frontline workers yesterday.
Emergency Department staff Donna and Judith were part of history at the facility, among the first to roll up their sleeves.
"As a healthcare worker it's comforting to know that we are doing our bit to keep patients, the community and our families safe," said Donna.
Donna is no stranger to the COVID-19 response and is part of Australia's Medical Assistance Team, supporting national efforts during the pandemic.
Donna was deployed to Japan last year to help repatriate Australian's on the Diamond Princess and has worked in Melbourne supporting the aged care sector response and the Howard Springs quarantine centre in the Northern Territory.
"Having seen first-hand the impact of COVID, I encourage my colleagues and the community to get the vaccine.
"We should all take this seriously and let's not become complacent," she said.
Judith said she felt incredibly proud to stand beside her colleagues in getting the vaccine, knowing that it will help keep herself and others safe.
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