Five major vaccination hubs and 99 regional satellite sites will open progressively across NSW starting from Monday 15 March, as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout stretches across the state.
These vaccination hubs and satellite sites will initially focus on frontline healthcare and border workers, and will eventually be followed by a wider rollout of the vaccine to the general public through the GP network.
Gwydir Shire’s Warialda and Bingara join twelve other sites across the New England and North West including Armidale, Barraba, Boggabri, Emmaville, Guyra, Tamworth, Tingha, Urbenville, Walcha, Werris Creek, Collarenebri and Walgett.
According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the five major hubs and their linked satellite sites will open progressively from 15 March through to April.
The vaccine will be dispatched from the hubs to the satellite sites.
“NSW is on track to achieve its goal of more than 35,000 vaccinations in the first three weeks with thousands of frontline workers already receiving their first doses thanks to excellent work of our NSW Health staff in the three initial hubs,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it’s fantastic the rollout of the vaccine will be expanded into regional NSW.
“Regional NSW has endured a myriad of impacts from COVID-19 and with the vaccine now on its way, we will have the confidence and assurance we need to live fully and remain open for business,” Mr Barilaro said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said rolling out vaccinations to frontline staff in the regions is the next step to ensuring they are protected against COVID-19.
Meanwhile Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce is encouraging residents in the New England to get ready for their COVID-19 vaccination by linking their digital government services, particularly their myGov and Medicare accounts.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said linking your myGov and Medicare digital accounts is a simple step you can take right now that will help you and your family be ready for a vaccinated Australia.
“This is something you can do right now to get your family vaccination-ready, it will be really helpful once you’ve had the vaccine and will mean you can easily access your vaccine certificate through the Australian Immunisation Register at the touch of a button,” he said.
“Do not forget, if you already have your Medicare account linked in myGov, make sure you check your contact details are up to date.”
For further information about how the vaccination program is operating, including the Vaccine Eligibility Checker tool to confirm which phase of the rollout you will be in, visit Australia.gov.au