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Apr 09 2021

Progressing the COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out

We have commenced the third week of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out as part of Phase 1b of the Federal Government’s Vaccination Roll-out Strategy. Given the first week coincided with severe flooding across our region making some areas impossible to access, I am particularly proud to see the progress that is being made.

Working closely with the Department of Health we have been supporting local general practices to participate and I am happy to report that 47 general practices have commenced their involvement in this program. In addition, all three of our region's GP Respiratory Clinics are now offering the vaccines. The GP Respiratory Clinic’s provide access for people who do not have a usual GP or are not Medicare eligible.

Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) as part of Phase 1a of the Vaccination Roll-Out Strategy commenced seven weeks ago. To date, 22 of our RACFs have completed their first dose vaccination clinic, and seven have completed their second dose clinic. Some facilities in the flood affected areas have had their vaccination clinics rescheduled due to access. 

We continue to liaise regularly with the Department of Health to coordinate the roll-out of the vaccine across our region. We are seeing significant demand in local general practices and would encourage people to be patient when trying to book an appointment. Our region will have an additional 31 practices commencing their participation next week, bringing our total practices delivering the COVID-19 vaccination to 78 across the region. There will be more opportunities for vaccination over the coming weeks, and the Federal Government has committed to making sure that every Australian who wants a vaccine, will have access to receive the vaccine.

For the latest information regarding the vaccination procedure, including ATAGI recommendation please visit our HealthPathways which is frequently updated with the latest advice.  

John Yealland, one of our Board Directors, at the  Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service.                       Dr Harry Pope, Lorinda Gale and healthcare worker Ellie Zdelar at Our Medical Home Penrith.


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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.

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