While the Federal Government has started promoting the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine from Monday 22nd March, Ballarat Community Health is taking some time to make sure staff are fully trained and the right systems are in place before opening doors to their vaccination clinics after Easter.
BCH CEO Sean Duffy said “our service is delighted to be working alongside public health and GP services to roll out
the AstraZeneca vaccination as part of Federal Government’s Phase 1b rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.”
BCH are on track to commence COVID-19 vaccination clinics after Easter. Clinics will be open to all members of the community who are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1b.
“As you can imagine, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the background to set up these clinics, including staff training and setting up clinical and admin systems,” Mr Duffy said.
Bookings are not yet being taken for the vaccination clinic, but the BCH website will be updated to let people know when they can make a booking and ask that they refrain from calling until more information becomes available.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine you can visit https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccines-is-it-true or Vaccines Eligibility Checker (healthdirect.gov.au) to help decide if they are eligible for a vaccine.