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First Warwick frontline health worker gets COVID-19 vaccine

17 March 2021

Well-known Warwick Hospital doctor Chris Hegerty rolled up his sleeve today as the first phase 1a frontline health worker in the Southern Downs to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Senior Medical Officer Dr Hegerty said it was a privilege to be among the first to receive the vaccination.

“People throughout the Darling Downs have done a great job in helping to minimise the spread of COVID-19,” Dr Hegerty said.

“We need that to continue and being vaccinated is one of the easiest things we can all do to keep managing this virus.

“The importance of keeping our frontline medical teams healthy and protected from the severity of COVID-19 can’t be overstated.

“We need to stay fit and well to provide medical care to our communities and that’s why we’re here today to have our vaccination.”

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.

Aged care and disability care workers and residents are also being vaccinated in Phase 1a however the vaccination rollout for this group is being managed by the Australian Government Health Department.

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

Last updated: 12 May 2021