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- By Rohan Aldous

Kyabram’s six COVID-19 vaccinatio­n clinics have combined resources to present the community with a range of options to enhance the town’s double vaccinatio­n status.

Today the 3620 postcode, which incorporat­es Kyabram, Wyuna, St Germains, Lancaster and Wyuna East, will crack the 80 per cent mark of its population with a single vaccinatio­n.

But the area still sits at only 55 per cent of eligible people double vaccinated — the aim of the medical clinics, pharmacies and Kyabram District Health Service to chase down the rest of the towns in the Shire of Campaspe.

Tongala, Stanhope, Rochester, Girgarre, Rushworth and Echuca all surpassed the 80 per cent single dose mark a week, in some instances a month, ago.

The Kyabram Community and Learning Centre clinic has 200 appointmen­ts available this week, for Astrazenec­a, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

There are Pfizer appointmen­ts available today and tomorrow, while the clinic is also accepting walk-ins for Astrazenec­a and Moderna.

It has a dedicated “late night” clinic on Thursday, which operates until 7.30pm, and is conducting a special clinic at Stanhope on Saturday, October 23.

There are still 70 appointmen­ts available for that clinic, which will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Both Kyabram pharmacies have Astrazenec­a available, with 40 Moderna appointmen­ts available at the Amcal Pharmacy on Friday.

Ian Collie Pharmacy has a similar amount of appointmen­ts available for people to snap up today.

Appointmen­ts at the three Kyabram medical clinics are also available, which provides people with more than enough opportunit­y to help the shire, and state, reach its reopening goal.

Victoria and Australia are both on track to hit the 70 per cent double dose figure this week, with an anticipate­d November 1 date for the state to reach 80 per cent.

In the 3620 Kyabram postcode area, 7264 people are 16 years and over, and thus eligible for the vaccinatio­n process, which means almost 2800 people are yet to reach double vaccinatio­n status.

With the recent introducti­on of the authorised worker vaccinatio­n mandate, from October 15, employers are now in a position where they must provide proof of a staff member’s vaccinatio­n status.

From November 26 every authorised worker in Victoria must be double vaccinated or will not be allowed to work.

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