The Chronicle

More than 500 get jabbed at new clinic

- TOM GILLESPIE

TOOWOOMBA’S new vaccinatio­n superclini­c jabbed nearly as many people on its first day of operation as the previous site did at its peak.

The 22-bay Darling Downs Health-run clinic underneath Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre administer­ed 530 Pfizer vaccines to people on Monday.

It replaces the temporary facility at Baillie Henderson Hospital, which had operated just eight bays since it opened in June.

The highest single-day total at Baillie Henderson was 548 jabs.

The new clinic will ramp up to 1500 jabs per day from Monday, in a bid to supercharg­e the city’s vaccinatio­n rate.

“We were very pleased to see the opening of the new COVID-19 vaccinatio­n clinic at Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre,” Darling Downs Health spokesman said.

“At the end of the day more than 530 doses had been provided.

“The clinic is currently accommodat­ing booked appointmen­ts.

“For the first week of operations we have capacity to provide around the same number again today, increasing to 1000 per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“From Monday we are scheduled to ramp up capacity to 1500 per day, seven days a week.”

As of September 6, just 35.8 per cent of eligible residents across the Toowoomba region were fully vaccinated, meaning another 122,000 jabs need to be administer­ed.

Darling Downs Health chief executive Peter Gillies said the organisati­on hoped to have 80 per cent of the region fully covered before the end of the year.

“We’re encouragin­g people to book online and turn up 15 minutes before your appointmen­t,” he said.

“The Delta variant is very infectious and it’s only a matter of time before we end up with an outbreak.

“People cross the border all the time and there are lots of essential workers that need to cross the borders.

“This is a very safe vaccine that’s been used tens of millions of times around the world.

“There is no escaping this virus, so please come and get vaccinated.”

TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATIO­N AT THE SUPERCLINI­C, HEAD TO VACCINEBOO­KINGS.HEALTH.QLD.GOV.AU.

 ?? Picture: Nev Madsen. ?? NOW OPEN: Registered nurse Di Utschink at the new Covid vaccine superclini­c at Clifford Gardens shopping centre.
Picture: Nev Madsen. NOW OPEN: Registered nurse Di Utschink at the new Covid vaccine superclini­c at Clifford Gardens shopping centre.

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