COVID-19 clinic for Canowindra

The Health District vaccination campaign.

The Health District vaccination campaign.

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic run in partnership with the Australian Defence Forces will be in Canowindra on September 1.

It was announced last Thursday night that the Western NSW Local Health District and Australian Defence Force would take walk-in clinics to 33 communities in the region in 23 days.

These will be walk-in clinics, with no bookings required.

Venue and opening times to be confirmed but clinics in the area include:

  • Grenfell - 31 August
  • Canowindra - 1 September
  • Cowra - 3 September - 4 September

Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan said there would be five teams on the vaccination drive, involving at least 72 ADF personnel.

"Each team will be supported by healthcare workers, including Aboriginal health workers," Mr McLachlan said.

"Over a three-week period the mobile teams will spend between one and five days in each location, offering free Covid-19 vaccinations.

"At the end of that initial three weeks, the teams will go back again to deliver the second dose. Both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines will be available, depending on each person's eligibility.

"On an average day we expect that the mobile service will be able to offer up to 300 vaccinations, and in a site like West Dubbo, the capacity could be as high as 600 doses per day.

"We've seen the Delta strain of Covid-19 attack our communities and while the current lockdown should help, getting vaccinated is clearly our best weapon.

"Covid-19 is incredibly easy to spread and can make even healthy people very sick. If we have too many people getting sick from Covid it's going to get in the way of our hospitals and health services taking care of everyone - whether they have Covid or need treatment for something else.

"The vaccine can help stop you getting Covid-19, and if you do get it, the vaccine will mean you're less likely to get really sick, or pass it onto someone else.

"This is an incredible opportunity for these communities. Having the ADF involved means we can do this on a scale we couldn't have imagined a few weeks ago.

"We're asking everyone in these communities to not let the opportunity pass them by. People shouldn't call their local hospitals to try and book at these clinics, they are walk-in clinics so there's no need to book at all.

"Just get down to the clinic when it comes to town, get your first shot and come back again for your second one a few weeks later.

"If you've got any questions or concerns there will be people there who can help you. But please, don't let any doubt you might have get in the way.

"These vaccines are safe, and really effective," Mr McLachlan said.