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‘The right thing to do’

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Northern Grampians Shire councillor Lauren Dempsey has encouraged more Wimmera people to get the COVID-19 vaccinatio­n as soon as they are eligible.

Cr Dempsey received her first dose of Pfizer vaccine at Stawell Regional Health.

“I vaccinated because I wanted to do my bit to help our community and our country get back to some sort of normal,” she said.

“Our frontline workers are doing what they can to protect us and by getting vaccinated I believe I am doing what I can to help.”

Cr Dempsey, 31, said young people getting the vaccinatio­n was the best way to get communitie­s back to normal.

“We all need to be doing what we can to try to get our communitie­s back to a relatively normal functionin­g level,” she said.

“The advice of our Chief Health Officer and health profession­als is to get vaccinated and I’d love to see those percentage rates of Australian­s continue to increase.

“It is the only way we can achieve some sort of safety and normality.

“I was eligible to get vaccinated early as I work for a health service, so was lucky enough to be able to get the jab as soon it became available to me.

“Now, both Astrazenec­a and Pfizer vaccines are available to the 16 to 39 year old age group and I’d love to see our local health service inundated with people booking in to get the jab.”

Cr Dempsey said registerin­g to get vaccinated was relatively easy.

“I completed the required form and emailed it directly to the Stawell Regional Health vaccine email address, Covidvacci­ne@ srh.org.au,” she said.

“They got back to me that day and I was getting my first dose the following day.

“The process was simple for me and the staff I dealt with were great.”

Cr Dempsey said she saw the need to get vaccinated both as a duty and just ‘the right thing to do’.

“As an elected representa­tive for my community, it is part of my responsibi­lity to be a role model and provide leadership where I can,” she said.

“Having said that, I would have got vaccinated regardless.

“It is the advice of health profession­als to get vaccinated in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and I want to do whatever I can to help with this.

“I was a little worried about possible side effects, but looking at the bigger picture I knew that was nothing compared with getting COVID, so for me it was a no-brainer.

“For me, all I got was a sore arm and a slightly aching body – nothing a couple of Nurofen couldn’t fix.”

Cr Dempsey encouraged people to contact their local provider for informatio­n and booking.

“There’s a lot of mixed informatio­n out there coming from fed

eral and state levels, which some people have found confusing and frustratin­g,” she said.

“For me, I found the process straightfo­rward and I really don’t want to see people being deterred from booking in because they have heard otherwise.

“I strongly urge anyone out there

who has not yet been vaccinated to please make a booking – speak with your doctor, health service or pharmacy if you are unaware of where to go to get vaccinated.

“It’s the simplest thing we can do to help our community.”

 ??  ?? VACCINATED: Northern Grampians Shire councillor Lauren Dempsey after her Pfizer vaccinatio­n at Stawell Regional Health.
VACCINATED: Northern Grampians Shire councillor Lauren Dempsey after her Pfizer vaccinatio­n at Stawell Regional Health.

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