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Petition for Central Coast
mass vaccination centre
Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride MP and Labor Senator for NSW, Deborah O’Neill have launched a petition, calling for a Mass Vaccination Centre to be established on the Central Coast. But we need the vaccines to put into people’s arms! We need the Berejiklian Government to urgently carry out a comprehensive public awareness campaign to promote and encourage people to get vaccinated after the recent change in health advice relating to AstraZeneca becoming available for all people in Greater Sydney.
28 July 2021
THE region is now in its fifth week of lockdown, there are several active COVID-19 cases in the area and locals are facing up to 60 days for a vaccine appointment.
Ms McBride says this wouldn’t have happened if the Government hadn’t botched the vaccine rollout.
“In a community where one in five people are aged over 65, there is an urgent need to get more vaccines in arms.
“It’s nearly 6 months into the rollout, and Coasties are still struggling to get doses.
“Sydney already has two vaccination hubs, the Hunter has one and Wollongong will launch its first hub next month. Why is the Coast being overlooked when our community is at serious risk?”
Senator O’Neill says this necessary investment in our community will help clear the backlog of vaccination appointments on the Central Coast and make our region more resilient to the virus.
“At the moment vaccination appointments at Gosford and Wyong Hospital have to be booked two months in advance and the Erina Respiratory Clinic has closed all bookings – at this stage we will never get in front of the virus,” Senator O’Neill said.
“We are a region in our own right and have been so for over a decade. We need practical action right now in the form of a Central Coast Regional Mass Vaccination Centre.
“This is very serious. The Coast is stuck in a lockdown caused by the fast-spreading Delta variant, why hasn’t the government set-up a mass vaccination centre?
“Delayed timelines and excuses just won’t do anymore. People’s lives are at risk. The Prime Minister must give our community our fair share of vaccines and fast access to those vaccines.”
For the vaccination hub to be effective, a comprehensive public awareness and information campaign is needed! To date, the campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated has been severely lacking and this needs to be improved dramatically to ensure the community has accurate information that they can rely on to make decisions about this important vaccination program.
Given the increased risk of COVID-19 circulating in the community, it is imperative that people get vaccinated as soon as possible. Thousands of doses of AstraZeneca, an incredibly effective vaccine, are available to administer right now to people across the community.
According to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in a recent survey they conducted of their members, 92% of respondents said improved ‘public awareness and education’ is needed for the rollout of vaccines to general practice.
If the Commonwealth is not going to improve this level of public awareness then the NSW Government, as the largest provider of health services in the country, must step in, otherwise our community will continue to be confused and vaccination levels will not increase as fast as we need because of the confusion and missed messages.
The NSW Government spends plenty of money on advertising new transport projects when they are getting built, it’s now time they prioritise the vaccination campaign so we can dramatically increase the level of vaccinated people throughout the community and in doing so protect lives and livelihoods.
It’s time the Berejiklian Government stepped up for the Central Coast.
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