Pop-up vaccination clinic to arrive in Canowindra

ADF personnel and health staff administer vaccinations at Dubbo's pop up clinic. Photo: Belinda Soole
ADF personnel and health staff administer vaccinations at Dubbo's pop up clinic. Photo: Belinda Soole

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) will be hosting a pop-up clinic in Canowindra on Wednesday, September 1.

ADF Vaccination Outreach Teams commenced their tour of the Calare electorate, with the clinic to be set up in Canowindra on Wednesday, followed by Eugowra on September 2 and Rylstone on September 4-5.

The clinic will be held at the Canowindra Showground between 10am and 4pm.

No booking is needed and those who plan to attend should come prepared with food and drink, as the queue may be long.

Depending on the weather, a hat and sunscreen may also be advisable.

YOU MUST NOT ATTEND THIS VACCINATION CLINIC IF:

  • You are waiting on a COVID-19 test result.
  • You are a CONFIRMED close contact of a CONFIRMED positive COVID-19 case.
  • You are unwell. If you have any COVID symptoms, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative test result.
  • You have had ANY other vaccination (including flu) in the previous seven days.

On Monday, September 6, the ADF will fan out to deliver jabs in Orange, Bathurst, and Kandos.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the ADF Vaccination Outreach program has been a success, dramatically boosting vaccination numbers in Western NSW.

"For the past week, Defence Force personnel have been administering jabs in Dubbo, Bourke, Warren, Parkes, Brewarrina, Narromine, Peak Hill, Trangie, and Forbes," Mr Gee said.

"Thousands of residents in these areas have put the health of their family, friends, and community first by coming forward to get the jab.

"These clinics have proven to be a fantastic opportunity for people in regional and rural areas of the state to help defend themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbours both near and far, against the Delta strain of COVID-19 - which does not discriminate.

"There's every possibility the Delta strain could still spread like wildfire across the region, so I'm calling on residents who have yet to put their name down for a vaccination appointment to attend your local ADF pop-up clinic, where no bookings are needed."

Mr Gee said, with case numbers in the region continuing to climb, and repeated extensions of the lockdown in regional NSW, getting the jab is the only way residents can claw their freedoms back from the grip of the virus.

"Because the vaccines are proving to be effective, and with vaccination rates amongst older Australians now high, we particularly need to get more under 50s vaccinated. Most of the current cases are in this age group," he said.

"I'm excited that residents across Calare will begin to have the opportunity to attend an ADF Vaccination Clinic and receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.

"Three weeks later, the troops will return to those areas to administer the second dose of the vaccine.

Mr Gee said ADF Vaccination Outreach Teams are made up of eight medics, one clinician (either a doctor or nurse) and five logistics officers, as well as members of the Western NSW Local Health District.

"In total, 70 members of the Australian Army are taking part in the push to protect our country communities from COVID-19," he said.

"By the end of the campaign, the ADF will have run vaccination stations in 33 areas of Western NSW.

"I had my second AstraZeneca dose just over a month ago, and, especially during this Delta wave, I feel glad that I am fully covered."