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Central West COVID update - 16 June 2022

Tuesday 14 June 2022

News_COVID-19 Update

The following statement may be attributed to Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Mr Christopher Sullivan.

The Central West Hospital and Health Service will begin returning to business as usual from 4 July.

Our health service currently has amongst the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state and fewer people are requiring vaccination.

As a result, our centralised COVID-19 vaccination booking call centre on 1800 953 703 will cease to function from 4 July as staff begin returning to normal duties.

However, as COVID-19 remains present in our communities and throughout Queensland, we are continuing to offer vaccinations to all who need them, and bookings can continue to be made through your local hospital or primary healthcare centre from 4 July.

A full list of telephone numbers for our health facilities is available at: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/centralwest/menu/locations-and-services/nearestfacility

For the Blackall, Winton and Longreach general practices, which are also providing COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations.

  • Phone the Blackall General Practice on 4657 8200 during business hours to discuss your nurse-led vaccination appointment.
  • Phone the Winton Medical Practice on 4657 2755 during business hours to book.
  • Phone Longreach Family Medical Practice on 4658 3866 during business hours to book.

Some private pharmacies in the Central West also offer COVID-19, as well as influenza vaccinations.

At Aramac, please contact the Cookaburra Pharmacy on 0474 230 171.

One new case of COVID-19 has been reported in the Central West over the past 24 hours.

Allowing for cases discharged after completing isolation, the total number of active cases currently in the region is 18.

All active cases are receiving care in the Virtual Ward.

There are currently no COVID-19– related hospitalisations. No further details will be provided due to confidentiality.

To date, accounting for those who have been discharged from quarantine, the Central West HHS has recorded 854 cases of COVID-19 since the first case on 22 December.

Following national recommendations, a third booster dose of Pfizer has now been approved for young people aged from 12-15 years who are immuno-compromised, have disabilities with significant health needs or who have complex conditions that put them at severe risk of COVID.

A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine – either Pfizer or Moderna – already is recommended nationally to increase protection for adults aged 65 years and older, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older, residents of aged care or disability care facilities, and people aged 16 years and older who are severely immune-compromised or have complex medical conditions that put them at severe risk of COVID.

This also includes people who have need of medication to manage their diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Everyone aged 5 years and over can get vaccinated at:

  • Isisford PHC 15 June
  • Barcaldine MPHS 16 June
  • Muttaburra PHC 21 June
  • Jericho Clinic 22 June
  • Alpha MPHS 23 June
  • Longreach Iningai Health Arcade 24 June
  • Tambo PHC 29 June
  • Barcaldine MPHS 30 June

Remember, the COVID-19 vaccination does NOT protect you against the flu.

You need to have the separate seasonal influenza vaccination as well. Influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged six months or older and can be administered at the same time as the COVID–19 vaccine if you are aged five years or older.

You can have your influenza vaccine straight after recovering from COVID–19 but must wait 12 weeks after recovery before receiving any further COVID vaccination.

Our confirmed influenza case numbers so far this year in the Central West is 24, with one case requiring hospitalisation in the past week, with that case also being the only case in total having required hospitalisation so far this year.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie   
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 16 June 2022