When Armidale's vaccination hub opens for five hours on Saturday, residents will be able to arrive without a booking to get the COVID-19 jab.
It's the only walk-in vaccination centre in the region, and was organised in just a matter of days this week after UNE offered the use of its medical centre during a meeting of Armidale's emergency services.
Each day during Armidale's COVID-19 lockdown, the city's emergency management committee has met online.
"It was just a discussion that happened on a video call, with all the agencies talking about the response to the cases and what we can do," Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall told The Armidale Express on Wednesday.
Armidale's COVID-19 outbreak started when two positive cases were reported last Saturday, and stay at home orders came into force at 5pm that day.
Once the walk-in vaccination hub was suggested in the online meeting, Mr Marshall said discussions took place offline, which culminated in the MP announcing outside UNE's medical centre in Butler Street on Wednesday that the centre would open 10am Saturday morning.
UNE has a supply of vaccinations, and several hundred more were secured from NSW Health after Mr Marshall picked up the phone, which he said would be more than enough for the five hours the centre will be open.
He said they have enough AstraZeneca vaccines there now that another 'super Saturday' could take place next week if the demand is there.
Dr Joseph Turner from UNE said they have had an ongoing demand for vaccinations in Armidale but the problem they had faced was trying to fit bookings in alongside their normal workload.
"This is a good opportunity for us to try and keep on top of things in this community," Dr Turner said.
Mr Marshall compared the work of the emergency management committee during the past week to what happens during a natural disaster.
"There's police, the university, ambos, Hunter New England Health, the SES, council and a few others," he said.
"It's exactly like what we do when there's bushfires or floods. All the representatives of agencies meet, usually twice daily, once in the morning to get set, action items set, then come back in the afternoon about 2pm.
"It goes from things like this (vaccination centre) down to 'can we get a larger marquee set up for the drive-through clinic."
He said the vaccination hub showed what can be achieved when local agencies work together.
"There was a community need and we found a local solution," he said.
Mr Marshall said vaccinations needed to reach 70 per cent of the population.
"Now that the Doherty report has said 70 per cent's the key, we've got to get there," he said.
The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity was tasked with advising governments how many Australians needed to be vaccinated before restrictions could be lifted.
People need to have their Medicare card with them to receive the vaccination at the walk-in centre on Saturday.
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