Shepparton News

Vaccine hub open Saturdays

- By Caitlyn Grant

More than 3000 people have been vaccinated at Shepparton’s vaccinatio­n hub since the first case of COVID-19 in the current outbreak was announced in the city last Friday.

Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp encouraged people to book in for a vaccinatio­n as soon as possible.

‘‘This is the only thing which is going to help us get on top of this whole pandemic,’’ he said.

Shepparton’s GV Health vaccinatio­n hub, located at the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showground­s is now open for vaccinatio­ns on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm and will stay open until 8 pm on Tuesdays.

Everyone aged 16 and over is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccinatio­n.

As of Wednesday, anyone aged 16 to 59 can access the Pfizer vaccine, and those aged 18-59 can access AstraZenec­a if they so choose. Those aged 60 and over are eligible for AstraZenec­a.

In the next four weeks, there will be more than 830,000 appointmen­ts at more than 55 state-run centres operating in Victoria.

The hub is open for vaccinatio­ns from 9 am to 4 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 am to 8 pm Tuesdays and on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm.

To book your appointmen­t call,

1800 675 398, selecting options 1-1-4, or by visiting

https://cvms.powerappsp­ortals.com

Due to increased demand, wait times for bookings may be extended.

For more informatio­n on Victoria’s vaccinatio­n centres, visit

coronaviru­s.vic.gov.au/ vaccinatio­n-centre

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