Shepparton News

Go for a jab, GV Health chief says

- By Monique Preston

Greater Shepparton residents are being urged to get vaccinated against COVID19, with new figures revealing only 45 per cent of eligible residents have received their first dose.

Only 26 per cent of eligible Greater Shepparton residents have received two doses of the vaccine.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said he would like to see those figures higher and urged people who had not been vaccinated to book in to do so with either Pfizer or AstraZenec­a.

‘‘They (vaccinatio­n numbers) are not where we would like them to be,’’ Mr Sharp said.

On Wednesday, 1000 people were vaccinated at Shepparton’s McIntosh Centre hub, and Mr Sharp said there was plenty of vaccine available locally.

‘‘Please book an appointmen­t,’’ he said.

To date, GV Health has delivered more than 75,000 doses in the local public health area, which includes Shepparton, Kilmore, Seymour, Mansfield, Benalla, Cobram and Kyabram.

Of those, 45,000 doses were administer­ed at the McIntosh Centre.

Meanwhile, Mr Sharp said Shepparton had 126 active cases of COVID-19 — 13 of which were added to the tally in the 24 hours to yesterday morning.

‘‘All of those are linked, there’s no unknown sources, and they’re all in quarantine,’’ he said.

Mr Sharp said in the past four or five days all additional people who tested positive were household contacts of others who already had COVID-19.

‘‘It’s good that there is no unknown transmissi­on within the community, that’s a good thing . . . but in relation to the fact we’re still seeing people test positive, it’s not good,’’ he said.

With more than 100 exposure sites in Shepparton, Mr Sharp encouraged people to keep an eye on the exposure site list to ensure they were up-to-date and isolating if required.

‘‘Anyone who hasn’t been tested who’s been to an exposure site — please get tested right away,’’ he said.

 ??  ?? Don’t delay: GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp is urging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Don’t delay: GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp is urging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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