Tumut and Batlow hospitals part of Covid vaccine rollout

Tumut and Batlow hospitals will be a part of the local Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Tumut Hospital and the Batlow MPS have been named among 99 regional satellite sites that will open from mid-March to help roll out the Covid-19 vaccination.

Wagga Base Hospital will act as the major hub for the region, with the vaccine dispatched from there to satellite sites around the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Regional frontline and border control workers, as well as aged care residents and staff and other vulnerable groups, will be first in line for the vaccination. This will eventually be followed by a wider rollout to the community via the GP network.

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has not yet provided a timeline for a local rollout across the region. It is understood that this is reliant on advice from the federal government.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW was on track to achieve its goal of more than 35,000 vaccinations.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it’s fantastic the rollout of the vaccine will be expanded into regional NSW, now including major hubs in Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.

“Regional NSW has endured a myriad of impacts from COVID-19 and with the vaccine now on its way, we will have the confidence and assurance we need to live fully and remain open for business,” Mr Barilaro said.

Bupa Aged Care in Tumut told The Times that it doesn’t yet have a confirmed date for when staff and residents can expect to receive the vaccine.

“While we don’t have a confirmed date for our home yet, the news has been received positively by residents and their families and we’re looking forward to getting this underway,” Bupa Tumut General Manager, Jodie Walker, said.

“Protecting the health and safety of our aged care residents and team members is our priority and the vaccination will play an important role in this.”

Residents are being encouraged to discuss the vaccination with their next of kin or guardian and their GP in order to make an informed decision.

New South Wales has yesterday recorded another day with zero new local cases of Covid-19, with the state also reaching a testing milestone.

NSW Health said that on Sunday, the state reached five million Covid-19 tests since the pandemic began.

“NSW Health thanks the community for their excellent response in continuing to come forward for testing and following public health advice,” it said.

“However, it is important that everyone maintains their guard and continues to watch out for any signs that could indicate Covid-19.

With new cases being regularly detected among overseas arrivals, there is still a risk of Covid-19 spreading into the NSW community. 

“It is critical that everyone continues to come forward for testing if they have even the mildest of cold-like symptoms.”

NSW Health said that 33 Covid cases are currently being treated across the state, with no patients in intensive care.

Across the ocean in New Zealand, the country was put into a seven-day lockdown last weekend after a case with an unknown origin was recorded. The case is part of the Auckland cluster, with an unknown origin, which currently comprises 13 cases.