The Chronicle

Super clinic shot in arm for vax status

- JESSICA PAUL

THOUSANDS of members of the Warwick community have rolled up their sleeves for the Covid vaccine, boosting the region to one of the state’s leaders in vaccinatio­n rates.

More than 3400 people received their first dose of Pfizer at the super clinic run from the Warwick Showground­s last week, averaging about 700 doses per day.

Darling Downs Health Emergency Operations Centre lead Professor Anne Scott said on the first day of the clinic organisers were expecting

up to 1600 vaccinatio­ns each day and 800 on Saturday, due to shorter opening hours.

Despite participat­ion numbers being lower than anticipate­d in Warwick, the pop-up clinics in the town and Stanthorpe have pushed the Southern Downs into the top 10 most vaccinated local government areas across the state.

Latest government statistics indicate 52.2 per cent of the region’s population aged 15 years and up have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, and 21.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Regional neighbour Goondiwind­i remains the Queensland leader with 70.8 per cent of its population already having at least one jab, while the Toowoomba and Scenic Rim council areas are sitting at 51.3 and 44.9 per cent respective­ly.

All residents given their first dose of Pfizer at the Warwick and Stanthorpe clinics were automatica­lly booked in for their second dose in three to four weeks’ time.

Several members of the Warwick community who were vaccinated cited the spiralling Covid crisis in NSW and the town’s proximity to the border as the biggest motivation to roll up their sleeves. A Darling Downs Health spokesman said close to 50,000 Covid vaccinatio­ns had been administer­ed across the region so far, with hope to increase access in regional communitie­s as supplies became available.

TO REGISTER OR BOOK AN APPOINTMEN­T FOR A COVID VACCINATIO­N, CALL 134 COVID

 ??  ?? Warwick residents roll up to a super clinic at the showground­s for their shot of Covid vaccine. Picture: Jessica Paul
Warwick residents roll up to a super clinic at the showground­s for their shot of Covid vaccine. Picture: Jessica Paul

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