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First frontline health worker receives COVID-19 vaccine

10 March 2021

Darling Downs Health registered nurse Casey Zeller rolled up her sleeve today as the first phase 1a frontline health worker in the Darling Downs Health region to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Casey is one of our nurses on the frontline working at the Darling Downs Health COVID-19 testing centre at Charlton.

“As well as working in theatre here at Toowoomba Hospital I’ve also spent a lot of time over the past year as team leader at our COVID-19 test centre at Charlton and our pop-up testing centre at Baillie Henderson,” Ms Zeller said.

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

“I feel privileged to be the first.”

The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective and is an important step to take to reduce the serious effects of COVID-19 in people who become infected with the virus.

We will continue to vaccinate others in phase 1a, including priority frontline health care workers, priority quarantine and border workers, and aged care and disability care workers and residents (the vaccination rollout for this group is being managed by the Australian Government Health department).

This vaccine effort is the greatest in global history and we only need to look overseas to see the impact COVID-19 is having.

All Queenslanders, will have their time to receive the vaccine – to view the roadmap visit:

Last updated: 12 May 2021