Residents over 50 urged to get fourth COVID jab

Member for Robertson, Gordon Reid, and West Gosford pharmacist Stuart Anderson

Member for Robertson, Gordon Reid, and pharmacist Stuart Anderson have added their voices to calls for Central Coast residents over the age of 50 to have their second COVID booster (fourth dose) with case numbers in the region expected to rise in coming weeks.

Under revised eligibility criteria announced last week, everyone aged over 50 is eligible for the fourth dose, with those aged 30-49 also to opt for the booster.

“We are now seeing data that there is an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, which is increasing the strain on our healthcare system and frontline healthcare workers,” Reid said.

“I encourage those who are now eligible to receive a fourth dose to make a booking to get the vaccine.

“This will ensure that you are up to date with your protection and reduce the severity of the illness if you contract the virus.

“Vaccines save lives and reduce the risk of severe illness and death; it is important residents understand that their risk is increased if they do not stay up to date with their vaccinations.”

Reid is also urging residents to be conscious of extra precautions which can be taken to minimise the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

“Additional precautions can be taken when in confined or indoor settings with low ventilation; this includes wearing a face mask and physical distancing where possible,” he said.

“Regular hand washing and cleaning of high-contact surfaces are also of benefit.”

Anderson, who is the pharmacist at West Gosford Late Night Chemist,  said a fourth dose was vital in fighting off severe COVID-19.

“There are plenty of free availabilities to get your vaccine and I encourage residents to go online and visit the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s website that lists pharmacies close to you with spots available for the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said.

Meanwhile, people aged 65 and over remain at a greater risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and it is important for them to stay up to date with their vaccinations.

Media release, Jul 12
Member for Robertson, Gordon Reid

1 Comment on "Residents over 50 urged to get fourth COVID jab"

  1. Travelled by train from Woy Woy to Gosford then taxi Gosford Hospital only to be told Sunday walk-in clinic closed. Taxi back to Gosford station and train back to Woy Woy.
    End result – no second booster, two train and taxi trips, and half a day wasted.

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