MLHD celebrates vaccine milestone

Catherine Humphries receives the 10,000th COVID-19 vaccination in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District last Friday.

Catherine Humphries receives the 10,000th COVID-19 vaccination in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District last Friday.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) are celebrating after reaching the first of what they hope are many milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

MLHD celebrated the milestone last Friday with the district reaching 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations administered.

Catherine Humphries marked the milestone by receiving her Pfizer jab at the Wagga COVID Vaccination Clinic.

The vaccination has become a priority for many in the region in the fight against COVID, with MLHD and GP-Led Vaccination Clinics experiencing an increase in people seeking to be vaccinated over the past few weeks.

"The COVID-19 vaccination is a very important part of our defence against this virus," said COVID 19 Coordinator Emma Field.

"It's incredible to think we have vaccinated this many people in a matter of a few months, and we are pleased with our progress of the rollout, especially celebrating this milestone today."

The District now has public vaccination clinics across the region for all eligible people, including people in the 40-49 age groups.

In March this year, MLHD began vaccinating staff and other health care workers as part of the Priority 1A and Priority 1B vaccination rollout.

The MLHD recently extended offering vaccinations to GPs, household members of health care workers and other front line workers, including aged care and disability workers, police, fire and rescue, SES workers and Council workers.

To check your eligibility visit the Commonwealth government website:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker

Pfizer is the preferred COVID-19 Vaccination for adults under the age of 50 years and over the age of 50, AstraZeneca is the preferred vaccine.

Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca Vaccines are delivered at the MLHD Clinics in a carefully orchestrated manner.

"The logistics of administering both vaccines is quite tricky, especially with the different cold chain requirements, but we have an exceptional team who really are managing the delivery of the vaccines very efficiently," said Ms Field.

With a COVID-19 positive case passing through Western NSW stopping at Narrandera, Forbes and Dubbo recently it is a timely reminder for those eligible to be vaccinated.

There are a number of clinics within the Hilltops region, to find a clinic near you and to make a booking, visit the NSW government website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19