Hospitals get ready for COVID amid the imminent border reopening in December

Minister for Health, Jeremy Rockliff said whilst Labor had been playing pandemic-politics, the Tasmanian Government have been working hard to ensure the health system is prepared for a safe border reopening on the 15th December.

“It’s why we have held firm to ensure all Tasmanians over 12 years have had the opportunity to be vaccinated before easing border restrictions, and setting the higher bar of 90 per cent vaccinated.”

“Reaching this vaccination rate will take pressure off our hospitals, with data demonstrating people who are vaccinated are 90% less likely to become seriously ill or require hospitalisation.”

“Additionally, a significant amount of work has been undertaken to ensure our hospitals are prepared, including 152 new beds in the public health system and an additional 655 FTE employed since July last year, with further recruitment for new beds underway.”

“Our escalation plans provide a surge capacity of up to 211 COVID ward beds across the State and up to 114 ICU surge beds.”

The Department of Health is also finalising its Covid@Home model of care, which involves in home pulse and oxygen monitoring.

With less than five days to go, 97% of Tasmania’s public health sector employees have now met the Government’s requirement for mandatory vaccination or exemption.

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