New vaccination hub for Gladstone

New vaccination hub for Gladstone

New community-based vaccination centre has opened in Gladstone to improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Central Queensland.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the centre will offer increased capacity in response to growing demand for vaccinations across regional Queensland.

“As more Queenslanders come forward for vaccination and supply increases, we’re able to open up larger venues,” Minister D’Ath said.

“Many of our current vaccination sites are scalable, meaning they are able to ramp up daily capacity as more supply becomes available and we’re able to administer more and more vaccines.”

The centre, located at Block B of the CQUniversity TAFE site in Derby Street, opened on August 23, and replaces the Gladstone Hospital clinic.

It offers up to six vaccination bays, an increase from the four that were offered at the hospital.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher urged eligible residents yet to get the vaccine to please register their interest as soon as possible.

“This new centre will help ensure our region’s vaccination rates keep growing,” he said.

“If you want to get vaccinated, go online to register your interest.”

Bookings are preferred for vaccination at the new centres, as there will be limited capacity for walk-ins dependent on supply at the time.

The centre will initially be open from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday, with potential for extended hours in the future.

Anyone aged 16 to 39 will be eligible for a Pfizer vaccination from August 30.

As Queensland Health manages the supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine across the state, vaccination will be prioritised for people who have a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.

To register your interest in getting vaccinated, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/vaccinebookings

Local residents can also get vaccinated through eligible GPs and community pharmacies.