Kyabram Free Press

VACCINE HUB IS UP AND RUNNING KDHS excited to give jabs to residents

- By Myles Peterson

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.

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