Southern Wheatbelt towns will host pop-up Pfizer clinics to encourage regional residents to get vaccinated

Isabel VieiraNarrogin Observer
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Camera IconPfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Charles Krupa/Charles Krupa

The WA Country Health Service is running a series of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the southern Wheatbelt to encourage regional communities to arm themselves against the virus.

Walk-in mass vaccination clinics will run in Narrogin, Pingelly, Brookton, Wagin, Williams, Lake Grace, Boddington and Darkan during November.

A few special locations including the Brookton Community Resource Centre and the Darkan and Williams town halls will be joining the vaccination blitz alongside existing clinics.

“Now that we’ve got more vaccines, we are trying to do whole-of-community vaccinations,” WACHS vaccination lead Margaret Abernethy said.

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“So what the team in Narrogin are doing is they are still maintaining the two-days-a-week clinic (at the hospital) but at the same time they’re now offering whole-of-community vaccine clinics.

“(The clinics) are across those neighbouring towns around Narrogin that the teams can drive in and drive out of.

“In collaboration at the same time, we have some support from our metropolitan colleagues who are coming in to help and also give them some experience of working in country WA.”

Ms Abernethy said now was the time to get vaccinated before the borders opened.

“I think we have a great opportunity now when we don’t have COVID-19 to get ourselves prepared and get ourselves vaccinated as quickly as possible,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity to come on down to one of these community events and get vaccinated.”

COVID-19 vaccination statistics released on Monday revealed the shires of Wickepin (90.3 per cent), Williams (82.4) and Brookton (84.1) had recorded the highest single-dose vaccine rates in the southern Wheatbelt. However, the shires of Boddington (67.4) and Cuballing (72.8) were lagging behind.

The pop-up vaccination clinics are set to run at the Narrogin Health Campus on November 3, 8, 17 and 22 from 9.30am-5.30pm and on November 4, 9, 18 and 25 from 9.30am-3.30pm.

Pingelly residents will be invited to walk into the vaccination clinic at the Pingelly Recreation Centre on November 15 and 16.

Boddington District Hospital is holding a vaccination clinic on November 8 and 9, while the Lake Grace Town Hall will offer the jabs on November 10 and 11.

The Darkan Town Hall will host a pop-up vaccination clinic on November 10 and the Williams RSL Hall will run a clinic on November 11.

The Wagin Town Hall and the Brookton Community Resource Centre will welcome walk-ins for the vaccine on November 15 and 16.

Visit rollup.wa.gov.au.

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