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Good turnout for Blackall vax clinics

Friday 18 June 2021

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More than 600 people received their second dose of AstraZeneca or first dose of Pfizer vaccine in Blackall this week.

Central West Health Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Walker said the turnout at Blackall had been good and particularly so for the second dose of AstraZeneca.

“What the numbers mean is that about 35 per cent of the total eligible population of around 1200 people in Blackall and Tambo has so far been fully vaccinated with both a first and second dose of AstraZeneca,’’ he said.

“These numbers are in addition to the aged care residents at the Barcoo Living Multi-Purpose Service.

“The residents there already have been fully vaccinated by the Western Queensland Primary Health Network as part of the Commonwealth Government’s national aged care vaccination program.

“We will be returning to Blackall next month to deliver the second dose of Pfizer vaccinations, to those residents who had a Pfizer vaccine this week and we will also be in Tambo at the end of June to deliver the second dose of AstraZeneca to residents who had the first dose.

“Once these numbers have been added in, that will raise the proportion of eligible Blackall–Tambo residents who have been fully vaccinated even higher.

“Our aim is to have about 70 per cent of the eligible population of Blackall-Tambo vaccinated, so I urge everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to come forward and have their free Pfizer vaccine, or ensure they have their second dose if they have already had a first dose.

“A second dose of vaccine is vital to ensure maximum protection. “Anyone in Blackall who missed out on their second dose of AstraZeneca or first dose of Pfizer at our clinics this week, can register to be vaccinated when we return next month to deliver the
second dose of Pfizer vaccine to the community.’’

Dr Walker said so far, about 24 per cent of residents right across the Central West region were now fully vaccinated with both a first and second dose.

“Considering the challenges of complacency because we have not had a single case of COVID-19 in the region, coupled with the vaccine hesitancy resulting from the uncertainty surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine, that is a very good result so far.

“But we expect that proportion to be significantly higher once we fully complete our vaccination program across the region, including upcoming catch-up clinics.’’

Next week, vaccination teams will be visiting Longreach, Isisford, Boulia and Bedourie. 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:

  • 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.
  • Further clinics will be advised as dates are 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,’’ Dr Walker 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.

“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.”


For further information contact:

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

Last updated: 21 June 2021