Kyabram Free Press

Clinic passes vax milestone

- By Zac Standish

Kyabram Regional Clinic chalked up a major milestone last week, administer­ing its 5000th dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Sitting at 5208 doses late last week, the clinic had delivered 3,446 Astrazenec­a vaccines and 1,762 Pfizer vaccines as staff attempted to get as many Kyabram locals jabbed as quickly as possible.

Clinic practice manager Amelia Carroll said the team was thrilled to have reached the milestone.

“We are really excited about it, it is quite a milestone and achievemen­t for us being a relatively small clinic,” Ms Carroll said.

“We have taken this on and it has been challengin­g at times but everyone has done really well and it has been a great community effort as well as an effort from us as well — it is just great to see that everybody’s hard work is paying off.”

Since beginning to roll out the vaccine in the clinic, Ms Carroll said staff had been active in spreading the word throughout the community.

“We advertise on our Facebook page and we also have bookings through our app, where patients can go on and have a look at what bookings we have,” she said.

“Then there is also word of mouth as well, as we rely heavily on the message being spread through the community.”

She praised the willingnes­s of the community members to come together and roll up their sleeves.

“We have had a great response here, we are always fully booked and there are people wanting to book in, which is great,” she said.

“It is still a very high number that we are doing each day and the community have been fantastic in taking that initiative and coming down here to get it done.”

While recent statistics suggested that Kyabram had the lowest double dose vaccinatio­ns rates in the Goulburn Valley, Kyabram Regional Clinic principal practition­er Dr Robert Brun said those numbers may be misleading.

“We feel those numbers don’t really represent the true picture of what is going on,” Dr Brun said.

“We have to compare it with what is going on in other towns; Shepparton and Echuca have both had hubs while we haven’t until very recently and they have had vaccines we hadn’t had access to for a long time.

“To vaccinate 5000 people in a practice this size in such a short period of time is an amazing effort and we should be celebratin­g that fact.”

For those people still unsure as to whether to get vaccinated, Miss Carroll had this message.

“We have got heaps of appointmen­ts so just jump online and book in, or if you aren’t sure consult with your GP,” she said.

“It has been a phenomenal effort from both the community and our staff members to get this far and hopefully we can keep the ball rolling.”

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Kyabram Regional Clinic’s Amelia Carroll, Leanne James and Jessica Casey.
Jab for joy: Kyabram Regional Clinic’s Amelia Carroll, Leanne James and Jessica Casey.

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