A “Super Saturday” of COVID vaccinations will take place in Armidale this weekend.
Saturday, August 14 is the last scheduled day of the Armidale lockdown, and it coincides with the opening of the region’s first walk-in mass vaccination hub.
Between 10am and 3pm, any member of the public over the age of 18 (medical history considered), will be able to walk into the University of New England Medical Centre, roll up their sleeve, and receive their first or second AstraZeneca jab.
NSW Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said it represented an amazing opportunity for locals to get their COVID jab and to help boost vaccination numbers across the region.
“It couldn’t be easier on Super Saturday to get your jab – just pull out your Medicare card, put on your mask, turn up and roll up your sleeve!” Mr Marshall said.
“This all about providing people with even more opportunity at this time – while we have COVID in the community – to get their vaccination now, supporting the efforts of our local GPs, pharmacists and the hospital.
“Understandably, demand for vaccinations has sky-rocketed with the events of the last week and this is a local solution to meet that demand and make it as easy as it can be to get jabbed. If ever there was a time in this pandemic when we needed ordinary people to do extraordinary things, this is it.”
If demand exceeds supply this weekend, the hub will open on additional Saturdays, so no-one misses out.
People who receive their first jab on Saturday also will be booked-in to the UNE Medical Centre to receive their second dose in four weeks.
The Super Saturday Mass Vaccination Hub will operate at the UNE Medical Centre, 110 Butler Street, Armidale.
COVID marshals will be present to ensure mask wearing and social distancing and to provide hand sanitiser.