As part of acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in NSW, Hunter New England Local Health District's vaccine clinics will start taking bookings for more eligible members of the public from Monday, 24 May.
From Monday, those 50 years and over who cannot access the AstraZeneca vaccine through their GP are eligible to book into clinics at Armidale, Tamworth, Manning, Moree or Muswellbrook hospitals.
Members of the general public aged 40-49 can now also register their interest in receiving the Pfizer vaccine via the NSW Government website: www.nsw.gov.au
When availability arises people aged 40-49 who have registered their interest will be contacted and offered appointments, ensuring as many people as possible have access to the vaccine and NSW Health makes maximum use of its available supply.
John Hunter and Tamworth hospitals will start offering Pfizer for eligible groups on Monday.
Other clinics across the district will start offering Pfizer for eligible groups over the coming month, with bookings becoming available at Muswellbrook, Armidale, Moree and Manning hospitals.
Ms Elizabeth Grist, the district's lead on the rollout said that opening the clinics to the public for both vaccines is a big step towards accelerating the rollout in our district and encourages anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
"The more people that get vaccinated the better placed we are to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19," she said.
"Our focus will be ensuring that priority groups have access to the vaccine first, so please be patient in waiting for your booking.
"Everyone who is eligible will receive their vaccine as quickly as possible."
NSW Health continues to vaccinate eligible people in the priority groups set out by the Federal Government and appointments can be booked through the eligibility checker on the Commonwealth Department of Health website: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
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