Wednesday, 25 August 2021
THE push to vaccinate as many Moree and district locals as quickly as possible will receive an enormous and literal ‘shot-in-the-arm’ this weekend when the popular University of New England Medical Centre Mass COVID Vaccination Hub rolls into town for a Super Saturday free walk-in clinic.
Announcing the news today, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said that in response to community demand the decision had been made to take the mass vaccination hub on the road again, following hugely successful clinics in Armidale and Inverell recently.
Between 9am and 3pm this Saturday (28 August), ANY member of the public over the age of 18 (medical history considered), will be able to walk into the More Services Club, roll up their sleeve and receive their first or second AstraZeneca jab.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Moree locals to get their COVID jab this Saturday, easily and quickly,” Mr Marshall said.
“Just as the Inverell and Armidale communities have responded overwhelmingly over the last two weeks, now it’s Moree’s chance to turnout in their droves and get vaccinated.
“It couldn’t be easier on Super Saturday in Moree 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 in the Moree district with even more opportunity to get their vaccination now, supporting the efforts of our local GPs and pharmacists.
“Understandably, demand for vaccinations has sky-rocketed with the events of the last few weeks and this is a local solution to meet that demand and make it as easy as it can be to get jabbed.
Figures released yesterday showed almost 48 per cent of the population (15 years and over) of the Moree Plains Shire has already received their first dose of vaccine, while and impressive 26 per cent were already fully vaccinated.
“The Moree and surrounding communities have done a great job so please take advantage of this opportunity and together let’s make Moree’s Super Saturday a smashing success!
Mr Marshall said the Moree Vaccination Hub 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 had questions about vaccines.
“If we have more demand than can be catered for this Saturday, we’ll see this hub run on additional days 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 Saturday, will be booked in for their second dose, in four weeks’ time.
“Rest assured, receiving a vaccine is a reasonable excuse to leave home under the lockdown stay-at-home order.”
COVID marshals will be present on the day 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.”
Almost 1,400 people have already been vaccinated in Armidale and Inverell through the UNE Medical Centre Mass Vaccination Hub.
The Super Saturday Moree Mass Vaccination Hub will operate between 9am to 3pm at the Moree Services Club, 3 Albert Street, Moree.