Mid North Coast and Northern NSW residents are being urged to be patient as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues.
As the staged rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, Phase 1b vaccinations supplies are due to start over the coming weeks. Participating general practices and Aboriginal medical services will start offering vaccination appointments to their existing eligible patients.
Phase 1b is for the over 70s, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55, adults with a specified medical condition, health care workers and critical high-risk workers.
Across our region, we have more than 100 practices participating in this phase and many people will be able to get vaccinated by their own GP.
Those who are eligible under Phase 1b but whose regular general practice is not offering the COVID-19 vaccination will be able to make an appointment with their nearest participating General Practice Respiratory Clinic. Participating clinics are located in Murwillumbah, Ballina, Casino, Yamba, Nambucca Heads and Kempsey.
Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said there’s strong interest from the community in the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’ve been pleased that so many residents are keen to get vaccinated in this next phase, however, it’s important to take the time to check your eligibility before making an appointment or calling your GP,” Ms Sturgess said.
To check your eligibility for Phase 1b, visit the Vaccine Eligibility Checker. If eligible, this will also provide the next steps to book online or contact a clinic. If you prefer not to use the online option, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.
“If your GP is taking part in the vaccination program rollout, you may be contacted directly by the practice, when it is timely, about receiving your vaccination,” Mr Sturgess said.
“All eligible Australians will have the opportunity to have this vaccination in the coming months.
“While there is low risk of contracting COVID-19 in our region at this current time, we need to stay COVID safe.
“Take this time to ensure your Medicare details are correct, continue to practice good hygiene, keep on top of local restrictions and understand how to isolate if you need to. If you’re feeling unwell, get tested.”
The rollout of Phase 1b over the coming weeks complements the significant vaccination program underway to protect our most vulnerable citizens in Phase 1a.
More than 900 residents in Mid North Coast and Northern NSW aged care facilities have already received their first vaccination. Wednesday this week also saw the start of vaccinations for health care workers, which are delivered by our NSW Health Local Health Districts.
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