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STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE UP VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEKEND

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22 October 2021

​Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is participating in a state-wide push this weekend to see even more students vaccinated against COVID-19.

​Scott McLachlan, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said that while vaccination rates for those aged over 16 in the Local Health District are quite good, there is still room for improvement in the number of 12-15 year olds who are still to be vaccinated.

“Since the start of the Delta outbreak in our District we’ve seen 142 children aged between 12 and 15 years old contract COVID,” he said.

​“While these children may not become very ill themselves, we have seen significant rates of transmission of the virus to older and more vulnerable members of their household or community, which is obviously a huge concern.

“39 per cent of our local cases have been aged under 19 years old, which goes to show that this virus is not only impacting the elderly and we need to be doing everything we can to protect these young people as well.

“Right now the best way to protect them is by ensuring as many people as possible over the age of 12 are getting their two doses of vaccine, especially now that schools have resumed face to face learning.”

“This weekend WNSWLHD will have several locations available where students, and anyone else aged 12 years and over, can receive the Pfizer vaccination.

​“We know school and work commitments can sometimes make it difficult to find a good time to get kids vaccinated, so we’re making these weekend opportunities available to help make this easier for families.

“With the warmer weather now here and restrictions easing across the State there will be more people out enjoying our beautiful rural recreation spots over the weekend. That’s why you’ll see ‘Spike’ and ‘Jabba’, our vax vans at some of those locations.

“You’ll be able to grab your shots, especially for those students, and still enjoy time outside with your friends and family.  We really hope people take advantage of this service over the weekend.

“I’d also encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had their vaccines to take the opportunity now to get vaccinated, before the expected influx of visitors to our communities happens in a few weeks.

More information about COVID-19 vaccination can be found on the WNSWLHD website and social media channels, including details of vaccination opportunities and providers across Western NSW.

Many general practitioners, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and respiratory clinics also offer vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be very safe, and extremely effective in stopping people becoming very sick, or even dying, from the virus. They also help reduce the rate of transmission of COVID-19 to other people, further protecting our communities and healthcare system.

WNSWLHD WALK-IN WEEKEND CLINIC LOCATIONS:

  • Bathurst COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
    • Charles Sturt University campus, Building 1286, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst.
    • Open daily, 9am – 5pm
  • Burrendong Dam – Vax Van Clinic
    • Administration Building at Entrance, Fashions Mount Road, Burrendong.
    • Saturday 23rd October 2021, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Chifley Dam – Vax Van Clinic
    • Dam Wall Main Carpark, Chifley Dam Road.
    • Sunday 24th October 2021, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Coonabarabran Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic
    • Coonabarabran Town Hall, 31 – 35 John St, Coonabarabran.
    • Saturday 23rd October 2021, 10am – 2pm
  • Dubbo COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Clinic
    • Woolpack Pavilion, Dubbo Showground (entry is via the Wingewarra / Chelmsford Street gate).
    • Open daily, 8am – 3:30pm.
  • Dubbo Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
    • Ewen MacInnes pavilion, Dubbo Showground (entry is via the Wingewarra / Chelmsford Street gate).
    • Open daily, 8am – 3:30pm.
  • Lake Canobolas – Vax Van Clinic
    • Western Side Main Carpark, near the kiosk, Lake Canobolas.
    • Saturday 23rd October 2021, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Orange COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Clinic
    • 123 Peisley St, Orange (opposite the railway station).
    • Open daily, 8am – 5:30pm.
  • Wyangala Dam – Vax Van Clinic
    • Parking Entrance Boom Gate, Reg Hailstone Drive, Wyangala Village.
    • Sunday 24th October 2021, 10:30am – 1:30pm.