More Central Coast residents are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination, following an expansion of the criteria announced on June 4 by Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.
The latest groups to become eligible for the vaccination are: all adults aged 40-49; all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-49; NDIS participants aged years 16 and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age; and temporary visa holders aged under 50 who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process.
Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, welcomed the announcement.
“I encourage anyone across our region who is currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, to come forward and book or register to get vaccinated, please do not wait,” Wicks said.
“Vaccination can save lives and protect lives.”
Pfizer vaccinations are now available at the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Gosford Hospital.
Gosford vaccination clinic does not accept public walk-ins, making registration through www.nsw.gov.au compulsory at this time.
Gosford is one of 25 other sites across the state to be administering the Pfizer vaccine.
Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine is available at the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Wyong Hospital.
The clinic, located in the hospital’s Urgent Care Centre, is open from 6am-noon Monday to Friday.
People attending vaccination appointments are asked to access the clinic via Block C, near the podiatry clinic (opposite the Health Services Building).
Vaccinations at the Wyong Hospital clinic can be booked online by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker at www.health.gov.au or contacting Health Direct on 1800 020 080.
The Wyong vaccination clinic is also not accepting public walk-ins at this time.
The Coast & Country Primary Care clinic is also offering both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations.
Since opening Expressions of Interest for the Pfizer vaccine, the clinic has received more than 2,000 responses from people in the community ready to be vaccinated.
“We will be contacting people who have expressed their interest to be vaccinated and meet the new eligibility criteria,” Executive Manager of Primary Health and Community at Coast & Country Primary Care, David McLeod, said.
“The Respiratory Clinic can delivery almost 1,500 vaccines each week, with both AstraZeneca and Pfizer available.
“We are required to administer vaccines according to ATAGI guidelines.”
These guidelines stipulate that people over the age of 50 receive AstraZeneca, with people under the age of 50 receiving Pfizer.