Access and choice for COVID-19 vaccinations widens

With COVID-19 vaccine supplies doubling across the North Coast – and Moderna now available at many pharmacies alongside AstraZeneca – people are being encouraged to make a vaccination appointment by visiting the newly updated online Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Participating general practices, Commonwealth Vaccination Centres and pharmacies are all listed in the Vaccine Clinic Finder (previously called the Vaccine Eligibility Checker).

The clinic finder is now a lot simpler to use. It provides a handy map to show you where there are vaccination services in your area, as well as clinic contact details.

‘The good news is that this month has seen a doubling of general practice Pfizer dose supply from about 10,000 doses per week to over 20,000 doses per week. This will triple in October to over 30,000 doses per week,’ said Julie Sturgess, Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer.

‘This is in addition to the vaccines being administered by Commonwealth Vaccination Centres, NSW Health clinics, community pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services.

‘We anticipate about 11,000 doses of Moderna will be available per week through about 91 pharmacies, with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) playing the lead role in enabling distribution of this new vaccine.

‘We are pleased at the rising vaccine uptake rate across the North Coast, with 79% of those aged over 16 having had their first dose and 49% having had their second dose.

‘This is slightly higher (3%) than the national average but a bit lower (7%) than the state average. This difference is due to the significant push and increased dose supply supporting Sydneysiders to get vaccinated.

‘The Mid North Coast area is closer to the state average, with 84% of people having had their first dose.

‘Overall, rates in our region have been increasing about 5% a week, which is on par with national vaccination trends.’

John Black, pharmacist and owner of McDonalds Pharmacy in Casino and North Coast representative of the NSW PGA, began offering Moderna vaccinations last week.

Mr Black said the arrival of Moderna at his pharmacy ensured the community had even wider vaccine choice and availability.

‘We expect demand for Moderna to be high as it is suitable for ages 12 to 59,’ he said. ‘I encourage people to find their local COVID vaccinating pharmacy to make an appointment as soon as possible.

‘Like other pharmacies, we are coming into the time when second doses of AstraZeneca are needing to be given. This will mean our vaccinators will be juggling their available time between those two vaccines, so it is most important that people book to guarantee an appointment.’

Port Macquarie pharmacist Judy Plunkett said she was looking forward to being able to vaccinate members of the local community with Moderna.

‘We are pleased to be able to continue to support the vaccine rollout with both AstraZeneca and now Moderna vaccine and help to keep our communities safe,’ Ms Plunkett said.

She encouraged people not to wait to make a Moderna appointment, as demand is expected to be high.

Healthy North Coast encourages all residents to make a vaccination appointment by visiting the online Vaccine Clinic Finder today.

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As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

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