Shepparton News

High demand for COVID vax


- By Darren Linton

Despite thousands of people being stuck in mandatory quarantine Goulburn Valley Health recorded a record number of vaccinatio­ns during the past week.

Dr Helen Roberts, medical lead for the GV Health COVID-19 vaccinatio­n program, said the community continued to “build a wall of vaccinatio­ns around this cluster”.

Thousands of people in quarantine are not eligible to get vaccinated until their stop-and-stay order has been lifted, they must remain in quarantine and can only leave home to get tested.

Three-thousand people received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccinatio­n at the McIntosh Centre in Shepparton last week. The facility has delivered a total of 45,000 doses since the program started. In the past week 7000 doses were delivered by the Goulburn Valley Local Public Health Unit. The figures do not include doses administer­ed by GPs, pharmacist­s and Rumbalara.

The numbers were bolstered by additional dose allocation and staffing to support high demand for vaccinatio­n.

The Goulburn Valley community is far less hesitant about AstraZenec­a and is heeding the advice that the best vaccine is the one that is available today.

Forty-one per cent of the COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns through primary health have been AstraZenec­a compared to 29 per cent statewide.

“The age of those coming in to be vaccinated has definitely dropped. We are seeing many of the 16-year-olds that are not in quarantine, many of the 12-year and older group that are eligible,” Dr Roberts said.

“Lots of our culturally and linguistic­ally diverse community are coming in, too, and we are able to support them with phone translator­s if there is nobody onsite that speaks their language.”

Appointmen­ts are available and bookings can be made through the Victorian Coronaviru­s Hotline on 1800 675 398 or book online at www.coronaviru­­ointment

The McIntosh Centre is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Saturday and until 8 pm every Tuesday.

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Safety shot: The Shepparton COVID-19 outbreak hasn’t stopped record numbers getting vaccinated.

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