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Good turnout for Longreach vaccinations

Friday 11 June 2021

News_Good turnout for Longreach vaccinations

A total of 515 people received their second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine or a first dose of Pfizer vaccine in Longreach this week.

Central West Health Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Walker said the turnout at Longreach had been good.

“We will be returning to Longreach later this month to continue with the vaccinations,’’ he said.

“In the interim, over the next two weeks, we will be in Blackall to deliver both second dose AstraZeneca vaccinations and first dose Pfizer for those who have not yet been vaccinated.’’

The following clinics so far have been booked in for the continuing 2nd dose AstraZeneca program and for the start of the 1st dose round of the Pfizer vaccine:

  • Blackall: 14-16 June – 2nd dose AstraZeneca clinic at the Cultural Centre.
  • Blackall: 17-18 June – 1st dose Pfizer vaccine clinic at the Cultural Centre.
  • Longreach: 21-22 June – 2nd dose AstraZeneca at the Civic and Cultural Centre.
  • Isisford: 23 June – 2nd dose AstraZeneca at the Isisford Shire Hall.
  • Boulia and Bedourie: 24-26 June – 1st dose Pfizer at the community halls.
  • Barcaldine: 29 June and again on 1-2 July – Pfizer clinic at the Barcaldine Shire Hall.
  • Tambo: 30 June – 2nd dose AstraZeneca at the Tambo Multipurpose Centre.

Dr Walker said the community would be advised of further clinics as dates were finalised.

“We will also be offering catch-up clinics from mid to late-July for people who might have missed out on their second dose,’’ he said.

“We will advise our communities closer to the date when the catch-up clinics get under way.

“We are offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to everyone who has had the first dose of the vaccine without any serious adverse effects, including adults aged under 50 years.

“Under current national guidelines, mixing vaccines is not recommended, so people who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca must have AstraZeneca as their second dose, not Pfizer.

“Everyone else, aged 16 and over, who has not yet had a first dose of COVID–19 vaccine, will be offered Pfizer, which is now available in the Central West.

“We are continuing to partner with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland and Western Queensland Primary Health Network to deliver our vaccination program to all our communities.’’

Dr Walker said new national health advice now recommended a one-week gap between a person’s COVAX and any other vaccine, including the seasonal FlUVAX, rather than the previous two-week gap.

“Central West residents should keep this one-week gap in mind when booking their various vaccinations,’’ he said.

“Australian health authorities also have just released a recommendation that pregnant woman can now receive the Pfizer vaccine so we encourage pregnant women to come forward and receive the vaccine so they and their unborn child can be protected from COVID-19.”

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: 11 June 2021