UPDATE: No negative reactions to COVID vaccine in southwest
As the COVID-19 vaccination rolls out to non-frontline workers across the southwest, the COVID vaccination coordinator at Roma Hospital confirms there has not been any anaphylactic reactions to the jab across the southwest.
The vaccinations are being delivered by a combination of Commonwealth-appointed vaccine providers to the aged care sector, private GPs and the South West Hospital and Health Service.
South West Hospital and Health Service COVID Vaccination Coordinator Ms Robyn Brumpton said between March 22-26, the hospital began to deliver the COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline health and emergency services workers in the Priority 1a cohort in Roma, in line with the government's national phased rollout guidelines.
"We are continuing the delivery of 1a vaccinations at Roma this week and we have started to invite staff in the 1b (non-frontline) cohort to have their vaccinations," Ms Brumpton said.
"Later this week (29 March - 1 April), we expect to start vaccinating the Priority 1a cohorts in St George and Charleville.
"We expect to start Priority 1b cohort vaccinations in the southwest after Easter.
"Initially, as part of the 1b cohort, we will be vaccinating non-frontline health and emergency services workers, followed by residents aged over 70 years and First Nations peoples aged over 55."
Once these priority groups have been vaccinated, the general public in areas where vaccination is not available will be offered.
These will be delivered initially by vaccination teams at our hub facilities of Roma, St George and Charleville hospitals.
Teams will then progress to smaller communities by turn to deliver vaccinations by outreach to residents.
Ms Brumpton said there has been no reports so far of any anaphylactic reactions to the vaccine.
It should be noted that COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public in the southwest are also being delivered by private GPs and this is being managed by the Commonwealth.
Residents can visit the Commonwealth Government's eligibility website to find a GP near you that has been accredited to deliver the vaccine and to make a booking.
The Commonwealth also is responsible for delivering vaccinations to all aged care facilities throughout Queensland, and Australia, under its national aged care vaccination program.
The Commonwealth has advised that it has now completed delivering the first dose of vaccines to all aged care facilities in the southwest - including all aged care facilities managed by the South West HHS - and is planning for the second dose.
Everyone in southwest Queensland communities who is eligible and 18 years and over will have access to free, safe and effective COVID - 19 vaccine.
"While the vaccine is not mandatory, we encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated as the vaccine becomes available in their community," Ms Brumpton said.
"Immunisation not only protects you and your own family, but also others by helping to control serious diseases in our community.
"We will keep all our communities informed through their local health facility and through social media about vaccination clinic locations and times as these are confirmed.
Check if you are eligible and can book a COVID vaccination at a GP near you:
More information on the vaccine is available online: www.qld.gov.au/covid19vaccine
You can also call 134 COVID (134 268) and visit: