A COVID-19 vaccination clinic funded by the Federal Government will be operating out of Coast & Country Primary Care, formerly Central Coast Primary Care, by the end of the month.
Vaccinations at the clinic, on the grounds of the EV church at Erina, will be conducted in the existing clinic rooms, while testing will continue to be delivered via drive-through methods.
This is to ensure the risk of infection occurring between people coming to be vaccinated and people coming to be tested for COVID-19 is reduced.
It will be one of the largest centres in Australia; providing over 1,500 vaccinations to local residents each week.
With the Government’s staged approach to the vaccine rollout, the clinic will initially be providing vaccines to those eligible in category 1b, which includes older people, health care workers, people with an underlying medical condition, and high-risk workers including police, fire, and emergency services.
Coast & Country Primary Care’s Executive Manager of Primary Health, David McLeod, said they have been working with the government to release bookings for the vaccination clinic to ensure the appropriate people are able to access the vaccination as per the Federal Government Rollout.
“Our highly skilled nurses, midwives, GPs, paramedics, and administration staff have recently undergone training to ensure we provide a safe and effective vaccination service for the community,” McLeod said.
Based on current advice, two doses of the vaccine are needed to complete the vaccine schedule.
The clinic will be able to provide both doses of the vaccine to eligible people, with doses administered approximately 12 weeks apart.
Peak efficacy is reached approximately seven days after receiving the second dose.
The Federal Government has released an eligibility checker available on the Department of Health website for information on who is eligible to receive a vaccination under Phase 1b of the rollout.
Government advice is that vaccinations are not mandatory, although are highly recommended to help reduce the impact of the pandemic.
The centre will be administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Coast & Country Primary Care CEO, Michelle Bradbury, is still stressing people get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
“Now is not the time for the community to get complacent,” he said.
“If you have flu-like symptoms, get tested.”
Media release, Mar 18
Coast & Country Primary Care