Kyabram Free Press
VACCINE HUB IS UP AND RUNNING KDHS excited to give jabs to residents
Kyabram’s COVID-19 vaccination “sub-hub” has commenced operation, with doses going into arms on Monday.
First to get the jab was Judy Parsons, who confessed her nervousness but braved the needle and can now count herself as one of the growing cohort of Australians to receive their first vaccination.
Nurse immuniser Helen Backaway gave Mrs Parsons an extensive review before administering the dose.
As of Monday, 48 per cent of Australians had received at least one dose and 23 per cent were fully vaccinated, according to the Federal Department of Health.
Professor Sharon Lewin of Doherty Institute said one dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalisation for those who contract COVID-19 by 75 per cent and two doses reduces the chance by 95 per cent.
The Federal Government in agreement with state governments at National Cabinet last week stated fully vaccinating 80 per cent of the eligible population would assist in avoiding future lockdowns and potentially open up overseas borders. The vaccine rollout is not expected to reach such levels until at least November.
KDHS COVID-19 vaccination co-ordinator Andrea Windridge said she was excited to be getting the sub-hub rolling.
“Very excited. Yes, absolutely. It's been a while coming in, and we're really glad to be able to offer the service to the community members,” Ms Windridge said.
Presently the clinic is offering the Astrazeneca vaccine to over60s, with plans to dispense the Pfizer vaccine at a later date. A third yet-to-be-approved option for use in Australia, the Moderna vaccine, is also on the cards.
Twelve weeks ago, Ms Windridge oversaw a “pop-up” clinic where approximated 60 people received their first jab of Astrazeneca.
“So those folks from the pop-up will be coming through for a second dose next week,” she said.
There was considerable demand for a permanent site in May according to COVID-19 administrator Kerrie Cox.
“People I spoke to were just so excited to be able to get the vaccination here,” she said.
“There was no hesitation, every single person turned up and the community engagement was incredible in Kyabram. People want to have this sub-hub.”
Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is urged to make an appointment via the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/ book-your-vaccine-appointment
If you have any trouble with the booking system please call 5857 0293 and leave your name and number.
Nurse immuniser Helen Backaway administered the first dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine to Judy Parsons on Monday.