Darling Downs Health will be providing doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at a super clinic at Goondiwindi Hospital from 25 June to 1 July.
Annette Scott, Executive Lead for the Darling Downs Health Emergency Operations Centre, said the Goondiwindi clinic had been set up quickly in response to a positive case travelling through the area recently.
“Given Goondiwindi’s location and exposure to traffic from interstate it made sense to provide a targeted clinic to offer the vaccine to as many residents as possible,” she said.
“The clinic will be operating in B-Block of Goondiwindi Hospital from this Friday 25 June, through until Thursday 1 July, 8.30am to 4pm each day, including Saturday and Sunday.
“The clinic will be on a walk-in basis, so there will be no set times for bookings, but it is essential to register before you come to the clinic.
“You’ll be seeing around town now there are posters in numerous locations with details of the clinic and a QR code to scan to register your interest.
“If you need help registering with the QR code you’re welcome to go to reception at either Goondiwindi Hospital or Goondiwindi Regional Council and staff at both locations will be happy to help you register.”
Ms Scott said the clinic would be open to people aged 16 to 59 years.
“With the recent announcement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommending Pfizer as the preferred vaccine for people up to 59 years of age, we can now offer the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to people in a wider age group,” Ms Scott said.
“We must emphasise that for people who have already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the advice from ATAGI remains that if there was no serious adverse reaction after that first dose, you should go ahead and have the second dose of AstraZeneca.
“To access your second AstraZeneca dose please talk with your GP.”
Ms Scott said the clinic was a great opportunity for the people of the Goondiwindi community to receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
“The clinic is free, open over the weekend and easily accessible,” Ms Scott said.
“There’s onsite parking and plenty of extra parking in the council car park near the Golden Age Centre and we are working with Goondiwindi Regional Council to ensure traffic flows smoothly.
“We remind everyone who wants to have their vaccine, you must pre-register, and when you come to the clinic please bring your ID, Medicare card, and a pen.
“There will be a follow-up clinic to provide the second dose from 30 July to 5 August.”
For more information call 134COVID (13 42 68) or go to www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au