Webinar: COVID-19 vaccine

In February the Australian Government will begin a phased roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia.

Older people living in aged care facilities, workers and volunteers in those facilities, along with GPs and other healthcare professionals, will be among the first people who can choose to receive the vaccine.

The Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) is hosting free webinar on Thursday 4 February, from 3pm – 4pm AEDT to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination and provide information to help older Australians make an informed decision about being vaccinated.

What will the webinar cover?

A panel of medical professionals will cover the following topics:

  • What we know so far about the COVID-19 vaccines
  • The Australian Government’s National Rollout Strategy for aged care facilities and the broader community
  • Information needed for someone to make an informed choice and consent to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
  • How to determine if the COVID-19 vaccination is the right choice for you or your loved one
  • Individual rights in aged care, including about medicines and vaccines
  • How to support an older person receiving aged care to exercise their rights.

Who is speaking at the webinar?

The panel will consist of:

  • Dr Melanie Wroth, Chief Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission
  • Dr Edward Strivens, Clinical Director, Older Persons, Subacute and Rehab (OPSAR), Cairns and Hinterland HHS
  • Dr Daman Langguth, Clinical Immunologist and Immunopathologist, The Wesley Hospital (Brisbane)
  • Mr Craig Gear, OAM, CEO Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)


Register to attend the COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Need to Know webinar online. The webinar will be held this Thursday 4 February 2021 from 3 – 4pm AEDT.

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