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COVID vaccinations starting in the Central West

Tuesday 9 March 2021


Vaccinations for COVID–19 will get under way in the Central West from 15 March, subject to the timely arrival of vaccine stocks from the Commonwealth.


“We expect the first vaccine stocks to arrive in our region later this week,’’ Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said.


The Barcaldine Regional Council area will be the first community to receive the vaccine.


“Once the first vaccine stocks have arrived, we will be starting with the most easterly local government area in our region and then working west,’’ Ms Hancock said.


“We will be vaccinating both staff and community residents as we work our way through the region.

Ms Hancock said the first vaccinations would be undertaken at Aramac, before progressing to Muttaburra, Jericho and Barcaldine.

One of the first people to be vaccinated will be new nurse graduate Kate Whelan, who started her nursing career at Barcaldine Multipurpose Health Service just last month and who will be accompanying the vaccination team to Aramac.

“It’s been a year of firsts for me here in Barcaldine so far. My first appointment in my new career and now being one of the first in our region to be vaccinated,’’ Ms Whelan said.

“It’s very exciting to be a part of Queensland’s largest ever coordinated vaccination effort.

“Being vaccinated is one of the easiest things we can all do to keep our communities and loved ones safe and I urge everyone to do so.

“I feel very privileged to be a COVID–19 vaccination ambassador.’’

Ms Hancock said everyone in Central West Queensland communities who was eligible and 18 years and over would have access to free, safe, effective COVID–19 vaccine.

“This includes all residents, visitors, visa holders, FIFO workers and health staff,’’ she said.

“COVID–19 vaccination is recommended and encouraged.

“The vaccine will be delivered by trained immunisation teams to each unique community in an outreach model.

“Immunisation teams will visit all Central West communities in a scheduled rotation to deliver the two doses required and all communities in the region will have access to the vaccine

“We will keep all our communities informed about vaccination clinic locations and times.

“This is a momentous occasion for Central West Health and for our communities.

“Our vaccine journey is just beginning but when we are all in this together, we can reach our destination much faster.’’

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: 17 March 2021