Wednesday, 8 September 2021
ONE month after the first successful Super Saturday mass COVID vaccination walk-in clinic was held, the UNE Medical Centre will be busy again this weekend with the second round of vaccinations being made available to the community.
Between 9am and 3pm this Saturday (11 September), 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 jabs this weekend and to continue our speedy surge toward an 80 per cent vaccination rate,” 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 to get their vaccination right now, supporting the efforts of our local GPs, pharmacists and the hospital clinic.
“Understandably, demand for vaccinations has sky-rocketed recently and this is a local solution to meet that demand and make it as easy as it can be to get jabbed quickly.
Four weeks ago, the Mass Vaccination Hub jabbed 656 locals, the vast majority first does, so Mr Marshall said he was expecting a massive administering second doses on Saturday.
“While we’ll be primarily administering second doses, anyone can turn up without an appointment and receive their first jab too,” he said.
“No-one will be turned away – we have plenty of vaccine and want to see as many people as possible rolling up their sleeves this weekend.”
Since its inception a month ago, the UNE Mass vaccination Walk-In Hub has vaccinated almost 2,200 people across the Armidale Inverell, Moree and Inverell communities.
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.
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,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s vital we keep up the momentum and continue to drive up our vaccination rates, 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 Walk-In Hub will operate between 9am to 3pm at the UNE Medical Centre, 110 Butler Street, Armidale.
For further information, visit www.unemedicalcentre.com.au/covid-clinic/#armidale