THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging Gippslanders to go out and get vaccinated.

Mr O’Brien said getting vaccinated was one thing we can all do to get back to a more normal life, and there were numerous locations available across Gippsland with plenty of vaccines for those eligible.

“For small business, school students, teachers and parents, casual workers and most of the rest of us, this lockdown is not just an inconvenience – it comes with social, personal wellbeing and economic costs,” he said.

“I am a little frustrated at all the talk about vaccine “shortages”, because that’s not my experience and evidence suggests it shouldn’t be the experience for most people in Gippsland.

“In Gippsland, it’s pretty straight forward to get vaccinated – indeed some locations are calling for people to come forward as they have vacancies and vaccines ready to go.”

Five Gippsland Respiratory Clinics (Bairnsdale, Sale, Wonthaggi, Warragul and Foster) are all open and offering both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca jabs, while an increasing number of local GP clinics are also offering both vaccines.

Contact details are at gphn.org.au/covid-19-vaccine-resources.

“There’s also the community vaccination hubs right across the region located in Warragul, Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Traralgon, Sale, Yarram, Bairnsdale and Orbost,” he said.

You can find details, including opening times and booking information, at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres.

“Some of these only take bookings, others will accept walk-ups. You can book by calling 1800 675 398 or online via the link above.”

Full details on eligibility can be found at covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.