NSW Nationals MLC Wes Fang is encouraging more people, especially those in regional, rural and remote areas, to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mr Fang made the call after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and is encouraging others in regional NSW to check their eligibility on the Commonwealth website and register via the Service NSW app.
“Although we have seen very low cases of COVID-19 in regional areas, we cannot become complacent,” Mr Fang said.
“Just recently we saw a Melbourne couple, later confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, travel 1700 kilometres to the Sunshine Coast, passing through Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo, Moree and Goondiwindi.
“We have seen how easily this virus can spread from just a single case so our greatest weapon in the fight against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.”
Mr Fang is encouraging everyone over the age of 40 in NSW to register and get vaccinated, particularly those in rural and regional areas.
Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has announced eligible members of the public aged 40 and over, as well as other priority groups, can now get vaccinated at a new pop-up clinic next to the Aldi supermarket at the Tweed Mall.
“The government is vaccinating people as fast as supplies from the Commonwealth safely allow, and a priority for the NSW Nationals in the state government is to make sure regional areas like the Tweed are inoculated in the same timeframe as the cities,” Mr Provest said.
“This new hub provides choice for people who have not secured the vaccine through their usual GP and I encourage anyone who is eligible to get the jab as soon as possible.”
The Tweed clinic is from 7.30am to 4pm on weekdays. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 1800 438 829 for people who are eligible after visiting the online COVID-19 eligibility checker at www.health.gov.au.
People aged 40-49, and those aged of 16 to 39 who are eligible through the Australian Government priority groups 1a and 1b, can book to receive the Pfizer vaccine at www.health.gov.au.