A COMMUNITY COVID-19 vaccination clinic is expected to open in Leongatha in early July.

Gippsland Southern Health Service CEO Mark Johnson said the clinic would be welcomed by local residents who currently only have access to vaccinations at GP clinics or by travelling out of town.

Mr Johnson said details and numbers were still being finalised but it was hoped vaccinations could be offered on two days each week.

He added that there was already strong demand in the community.

“Members of the public have been calling trying to book into staff vaccinations, so we’re sure the new community clinic will be well received.”

At the moment people can ring 1800 675 398 and travel to Wonthaggi, Traralgon or Warragul to access a community hub. Local GP clinics are providing vaccines but in limited numbers.

Mr Johnson said residents of all three GSHS aged care facilities had been vaccinated as a priority, along with most aged care staff.

GSHS continues to vaccinate about 80 staff members each week.

“We will continue to expand the vaccination program as quickly as possible within staffing and supply limitations and look forward to being able to open vaccinations to the community in early July,” Mr Johnson said.

The community vaccination clinic will be based at the integrated primary care centre on the Leongatha hospital site.

He added that the vaccinations had been going well for GSHS staff.

“We had a few people with minor side-effects but nothing major. We are confident in the medical advice that the benefits outweigh the risks.”