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Good turnout for BRC 2nd round vaccinations

Friday 4 June 2021

News_Good turnout for BRC 2nd round vaccinations

The Central West Hospital and Health vaccination team is pleased with the overall turnout for the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Barcaldine Regional Council communities.

Central West Health Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Walker said a total of 805 people had been vaccinated over the past fortnight at Aramac, Jericho, Alpha, Muttaburra and Barcaldine.

“This was not too far off the 949 people who were vaccinated during the first round of vaccinations in the Barcaldine Regional Council area in March,’’ he said,

“It’s always hard getting people back for a second vaccination.

“We also recognise there may have been some hesitancy amongst residents about getting their second dose due to the recent uncertainty about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“So overall, we have done pretty well with second round numbers in the Barcaldine shire and I’d like to thank the Barcaldine Regional Council and its staff for their continued strong support.

“I’d also like to thank our communities for turning out in good numbers again to have their second dose of vaccine and be fully vaccinated.’’

Dr Walker said catch-up clinics for people who had missed out on their second dose would be run from mid to late July.

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

Dr Walker said with the Barcaldine Regional Council second dose clinics completed, the vaccination teams would move on to other locations to deliver the second dose of AstraZeneca.

“Everyone who has had the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults aged under 50 years,’’ he said.

Dr Walker said health authorities also would be able to start delivering the Pfizer vaccine in the region from mid-June.

“As such, we will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to everyone in the Central West who has NOT yet had a first dose of vaccine,’’ he said.

“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.

“New guidelines from the Therapeutic Goods Administration advise that the Pfizer vaccine is stable enough to store for up to 31 days in a normal temperature fridge after being thawed.

“This flexibility in storage temperature is more than sufficient to allow the vaccine to be delivered by air to the Central West already thawed and still allow us time to distribute to our communities and safely complete the vaccination program in those communities within the recommended timeline.’’

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 for the Pfizer vaccine:

  • Longreach: 7-9 June – 2nd dose AstraZenca at the Civic and Cultural Centre.
  • Blackall: 14-16 June – 2nd dose AstraZeneca clinic at the Memorial Hall.
  • Blackall: 17-18 June – 1st dose Pfizer vaccine clinic at the Memorial Hall.
  • Longreach: 21-22 June – 2nd dose AstraZeneca at the Civic and Cultural Centre.
  • Boulia and Bedourie: 24-26 June – 1st dose Pfizer at the community halls.

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

“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,’’ he said.

He said many Central West residents may be receiving emails from Queensland Health urging them to register for a COVID-19 vaccination and advising how to do so.

“This is part of a state-wide campaign to encourage more people to be vaccinated,’’ he said.

“But if you have already booked in for a vaccination with our health service through our local booking process, just ignore that departmental email.

“I’d also like to remind everyone that a single dose of vaccine, whether AstraZeneca or Pfizer, will not give you full protection, so please ensure you have your second dose.’’

With the influenza season now in full swing, Dr Walker said Central West residents should remember when booking their vaccinations that they must have a two-week gap between having the COVAX and any other vaccine, including the seasonal FLUVAX.

He said the vaccine was an added protection to everyday COVID–19 safety measures like washing hands regularly, physical distancing, staying home if sick and getting tested should you display signs or symptoms of COVID 19.

ENDS

PHOTO CAPTION

The Central West Hospital and Health Service vaccination team setting up this morning (Friday) at the Barcaldine Shire Hall in preparation for the final day of vaccinations.

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: 8 June 2021