Shepparton News

KIM MCCABE, 34

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Why did you get vaccinated?

I decided as soon as there was a vaccinatio­n available that I would be getting one — I couldn‘t think of a reason why not.

Why did you get AstraZenec­a?

I was waiting and waiting. As soon as I was eligible I booked in.

About two weeks before people aged 18–39 became eligible for AstraZenec­a at state-run vaccinatio­n hubs I was trying to get a booking through GPs.

Some wouldn‘t have any bookings, others didn‘t have any GPs who were administer­ing the vaccinatio­n and others were only for people eligible for Pfizer.

It was really tough with a lot of phone calls and I didn‘t really end up getting anywhere.

How was the booking process?

Booking for AstraZenec­a at the Shepparton Vaccinatio­n Hub was really easy — it took me about two minutes.

How was the vaccinatio­n process?

The vaccinatio­n process itself was easy — I was in and out in about an hour. There were a lot of people in there getting vaccinated but you could see the process was really well thought out.

There were plenty of people in high-vis vests to help you out.

What would you say to someone aged under 40 considerin­g getting AstraZenec­a?

I‘m a stickler for not Googling things and scrolling social media for informatio­n about the AstraZenec­a vaccinatio­n.

I have family who work in healthcare and they gave me fact sheets — once I read those I decided it was a good thing to do.

I found the fact sheet the staff at the Shepparton Vaccinatio­n Hub gave me was really useful.

My advice would be to read the fact sheets and get the correct informatio­n.

I also want to thank everyone who helps with the COVID-19 vaccinatio­n rollout. From the logistical side to the security guards, the people taking bookings and the nurses who give you your vaccinatio­n. Thank you for what you do.

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