Announcing the establishment of the Super Saturday Mass Vaccination Hub this weekend at the University of New England Medical Centre, UNE Life Director Dave Schmude, Dr Joe Turner and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
THE last scheduled day of lockdown for the Armidale region is set to be a ‘Super Saturday’ of COVID vaccinations, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joining Director of UNE life David Schmude today to announce the establishment of the region’s first walk-in mass vaccination hub.
Between 10am and 3pm this Saturday (14 August), ANY member of the public over the age of 18 (medical history considered), will be able to walk in to the University of New England Medical Centre, roll up their sleeve and receive their first or second AstraZeneca jab.
“This is an amazing opportunity for locals to get their COVID jab this weekend and to quickly get our vaccination numbers up across the region,” Mr Marshall said.
“It couldn’t be easier on Super Saturday to get your jab – just pull out your Medicare card, put on your mask, turn up and roll up your sleeve.
“This all about providing people with even more opportunity at this time – while we have COVID in the community – to get their vaccination now, supporting the efforts of our local GPs, pharmacists and the hospital.
“Understandably, demand for vaccinations has sky-rocketed with the events of the last week and this is a local solution to meet that demand and make it as easy as it can be to get jabbed.
“If ever there was a time in this pandemic when we needed ordinary people to do extraordinary things, this is it.
“Please take advantage of this opportunity and together let’s make Super Saturday a smashing success!”
Mr Marshall said UNE Medical Centre would have a full complement of doctors and nurses on hand, putting as many jabs in arms as they possibly can this Saturday, with vaccine supplies being boosted with a delivery by NSW Health, and providing health advice to those who have questions about vaccines.
“If we have more demand than can be catered for this weekend, we’ll see this hub run on additional Saturday’s as well, as we don’t want to see anyone who wants a jab to miss out,” Mr Marshall said.
“Those who receive a jab this weekend, will be booked in at the UNE Medical Centre for their second dose, in four weeks’ time.
“Rest assured, receiving a vaccine is a reasonable excuse to leave home under the stay-at-home order.”
COVID marshals will be present at UNE Medical Centre to ensure mask wearing, social distancing and provide hand sanitiser.
“I want to sincerely thank the team at the UNE Medical Centre and Vice Chancellor Brigid Heywood for their support and supporting our community with this wonderful initiative.
“It’s vital we get our vaccination rates up, not only to protect our fellow citizens, but also to get our lives back to some form of normality, free of lockdowns and other restriction measures.”
The Super Saturday Mass Vaccination Hub will operate between 10am to 3pm at the UNE Medical Centre, 110 Butler Street, Armidale.