The Gold Coast Bulletin
GP clinics will remain frontline for vaccine rollout
THE Gold Coast’s respiratory and GP clinics will continue to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with Queensland Health saying it will hold off “expanding vaccination options” until later in the year.
In March, Gold Coast Health (GCH) signalled it was ready to rollout mass vaccination centres across the city once it got the go-ahead from the health department. The venue was to be located somewhere central and close to public transport amenities.
However, despite NSW and Victorian state governments recently opening mass vaccination centres, there’s no indication Queensland will follow anytime soon.
A Queensland Health (QH) spokesperson said vaccination of the general population was being facilitated by the federal government through primary care.
And while it had vaccinated the state’s hotel quarantine workforce, QH says its focus is to vaccinate other eligible frontline workers such as healthcare workers, police, corrective services, meatworkers, airports and household contact of hotel quarantine workers.
“We are planning expanded vaccination options delivered by Queensland Health when larger volumes of vaccine, specifically Pfizer, are made available later in the year,” the spokesperson said.
Respiratory clinics in Burleigh, Upper Coomera, Nerang and Hope Island are supporting GP clinics offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to over-50s. It’s expected up to 120 general practices across the Gold Coast will be offering the vaccine by the end of May. GCH operates a vaccine centre at the Albert Waterways Community Centre. It is open weekdays and appointments are not required.
The Pfizer vaccine hub at the Gold Coast University Hospital is continuing to vaccinate people under-50 in the 1b category. To find a clinic on the Gold Coast taking part in the rollout, visit www.covidvaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/