Roma Hospital Director of Medical Services Dr Alan Richardson was one of the first to roll up his sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccination from Nurse Immuniser Lesley White at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination program at Roma Hospital this morning.
Roma Hospital Director of Medical Services Dr Alan Richardson was one of the first to roll up his sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccination from Nurse Immuniser Lesley White at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination program at Roma Hospital this morning.

UPDATE: Progress of COVID-19 vaccine in the southwest

Over 60 COVID-19 vaccinations have been delivered by the Roma Hospital vaccination team to frontline health and emergency services workers in less than a week, with no reports of any anaphylactic reactions to the vaccine.

South West Hospital and Health Service COVID Vaccination Coordinator Ms Robyn Brumpton said the vaccinations in the southwest 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.

Ms Brumpton said a total of 61 COVID-19 vaccinations have been delivered at the Roma Hospital to frontline health and emergency services workers in the priority 1A cohort in Roma, in line with the government’s national phased rollout guidelines.

Ms Brumpton said the hospital expect to complete vaccinating the 1A cohort in Roma by the end of this week.

“Next week, we are planning to begin vaccinating the priority 1a cohorts in St George and Charleville,” Ms Brumpton said.

“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, we will begin offering vaccinations to the general public in areas where vaccination is not available from other providers.

“These will be delivered initially by vaccination teams at our hub facilities of Roma, St George and Charleville hospitals.

“Our teams will then progress to smaller communities by turn to deliver vaccinations by outreach to residents.”

Fortunately, the vaccination team has had 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.

Please visit the government’s eligibility website to find a GP near you that has been accredited to deliver the vaccine and to make a booking.

The government also is responsible for delivering vaccinations to all aged care facilities throughout Queensland, and Australia, under its national aged care vaccination program.

The government 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,” Ms Brumpton said.

“While the vaccine is not mandatory, we encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated as the vaccine becomes available in their community.

“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:

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

More information on the vaccine is available online:

www.qld.gov.au/covid19vaccine

You can also call 134 COVID (134 268) and visit:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine


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