Local Vaccine Rolls Out In Tilligerry

Shot in the arm: Local resident Carole Walker receiving her vaccination jab from resident nurse Tracey Wilson.

 

THE recent floods delayed the roll-out of the much anticipated Covid-19 vaccine but the nationwide distribution is now back on track.

After an initial shipment of 80 doses of imported vaccine, two Tilligerry medical centres are now getting as many as 100 shots of the Australian made ‘AstraZeneca’ product each week.

The linked practices of the Tilligerry Medical Centre on the main road at Tanilba and the Lemon Tree Medical Practice are currently taking bookings.

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Spokesperson Heidi Lee said that priority is being given to Indigenous people over the age of 50 and to others over 70 and particularly seniors with diabetes, respiratory, cardiac or life threatening conditions.

“The inoculation process has been orderly.

“It’s a simple matter of booking in,” she said.

“A second shot some 12 weeks later is needed and this appointment can be made at the time of the initial visit,” she added.

The pandemic saw just one case reported in Tilligerry in the early stages.

It was isolated quickly and the closure of clubs, community gatherings, visitor accommodation, play areas and boat ramps resulted in no new outbreaks.

Port Stephens Councillor Steve Tucker said that by enforcing tough restrictions early on, a positive result was achieved for the community.

“We (Port Stephens Council) were criticised for our actions at the time but the end justifies the means,” he stated.

 

By Geoff WALKER

 

Councillor Steve Tucker.

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