3 September 2021

COVID vaccination rate target 'within reach' for NSW south east

| Kim Treasure
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Nurse preparing COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine

A nurse preparing the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Local government areas in south east NSW are on track to reach the State Government’s 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target soon if the combined efforts of the health workforce and the community continue.

That’s according to COORDINARE, the Primary Health Network (PHN) that takes in a region stretching from Helensburgh in the north, past Eden to the Victorian border in the south, and inland to Cooma-Monaro, Queanbeyan, Yass and Goulburn.

A spokesperson said data released by the Department of Health on 28 August highlighted the percentage of people aged 15 and over who have already received both their first and second COVID vaccine doses in each local government area.

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At least 70 per cent of that cohort has received their first dose and 40 per cent have received their second dose in the Kiama, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires, however the Queanbeyan-Palerang and Goulburn Mulwaree LGAs are lagging behind the rest of the region.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are expected to help boost those numbers. The Queanbeyan walk-in clinic opened yesterday (2 September) and Goulburn, Batemans Bay and Cooma will open over the next 10 days.

Anyone aged 18 or over can attend the clinics without a booking and receive an AstraZeneca vaccine.

All clinics will open from 9 am to 4 pm:

  • Queanbeyan, Morriset House, Morriset St. From 2 to 4 September.
  • Goulburn, Old RTA building, Bourke St. From 5 to 7 September.
  • Batemans Bay, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd. From 9 to 11 September.
  • Cooma, Multi-Function Centre, 10 Boundary Street. From 12 to 14 September.

COORDINARE’s CEO Dianne Kitcher paid tribute to the hard-working medical staff delivering the vaccines.

“We are grateful to all staff working within general practice, Aboriginal Medical Services, pharmacy and Local Health District Clinics who are going above and beyond to help get our community vaccinated,” she said.

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“We are anticipating increased supply of vaccines very soon, which should help more people to get an appointment as soon as possible.

“Please continue to use the Department of Health’s eligibility checker as that is the best way to be alerted of new appointments, eligibility and increased vaccine supply.”

Vaccination rates

Vaccination rates per Local Government Area. Image: COORDINARE.

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