Fitzroy Medical Centre in Tumut is now administering Covid-19 vaccinations to residents in the Snowy Valleys region.
The centre joins Connection Medical Centre as one of the first two general practice providers of the Covid-19 vaccine to the region.
Fitzroy Medical Centre General Practitioner Gamal Mark said he is proud of be one of the first general practices in the region to be delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to those most vulnerable in the community, after receiving an initial 100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week.
“After such a difficult year in 2020, our centre is pleased to be one of the first local practices to offer this life-changing vaccine to our residents,” said Dr Mark.
Dr Mark stressed the importance of as many Australians as possible getting vaccinated, starting with the high priority groups within communities.
“Vaccinations play an important role in public health and safety, and we need to vaccinate as many people as possible to protect our communities from Covid-19,” said Dr Mark.
“It is important that we vaccinate our most vulnerable community members first, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.
“I encourage all local residents to be patient, as they will all get their turn to be vaccinated in the coming months.”
Fitzroy Medical Centre will be administering COVID-19 vaccinations on Mondays and Fridays each week.
Only those in Phase 1a and 1b of the Australian government’s vaccination rollout plan are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
Those eligible for the vaccination under Phase 1b include healthcare workers currently employed and not included under Phase 1a; critical and high risk workers currently employed; people over 70 years of age; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55 years and people over 18 with an underlying medical condition, including disability.
To check your eligibility for a vaccine visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility. If you are eligible for the vaccine you will be redirected to book or find a service near you.