Nationals Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth, and Women Bronnie Taylor has gone back to her roots, joining the frontline of the vaccine rollout to protect the community from COVID-19.
After vaccinating 50 locals at the Ochre Health Clinic in Cooma this week alongside one of her former colleagues, Mrs Taylor declared “Sister Taylor is back! I am a Registered Nurse and nursing will always be my profession.”
“I jabbed a few friends today, I’m still pretty good. No one has complained about my injection technique. One patient asked for it to be videoed so he could show people he had been vaccinated by the Minister for Mental Health.”
After two decades in nursing, Bronnie moved to politics but kept up her registration, which allowed her to return to the job when the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency urged former healthcare workers to consider joining the fight against COVID.
It was simply a matter of completing six online modules to help get ready for administering the jab and she was all set.
“If there is any small way that I can help my colleagues, I am happy to do it. It’s been so rewarding,” she said.
“You can really see the relief on people’s faces, it’s a really powerful thing. We mostly did second doses, and everyone just feels the same way – people are so thankful.”
So far, Bronnie has volunteered in a vaccination clinics in Bega and Queanbeyan as well as the GP clinic in Cooma, playing her part in getting the community vaccinated so NSW can open up again safely.