A TOTAL of 66 people were vaccinated on the first day of Gippsland Southern Health Service’s (GSHS) Leongatha Community Clinic on Friday, July 2, and more spaces are available next week.

GSHS acting COVID coordinator Tracey Edmonds said there had been a great response to the first clinic with solid bookings, particularly for the Pfizer vaccine.

“It’s gone very well today (last Friday); we put through 66 people predominantly for Pfizer for people who fit the eligibility criteria,” Ms Edmonds said.
She added the clinic had the capacity to vaccinate more people.

“We have ample supplies and encourage people to book in,” she said.

“We have vacancies on Tuesday, July 6 and Friday, July 9,” she said last week. Of course, people are urged people to call the COVID-19 hotline or book online to ensure they can get in. Everybody is relieved to have access to the vaccination in our local area and the clinic has been running wonderfully.”

Ms Edmonds also thanked GSHS and South Gippsland Hospital staff for making the clinic a success.

Previously, Leongatha residents had to travel Wonthaggi, Traralgon or Warragul to access a community vaccination hub, although local GP clinics have been providing vaccines.

The clinic will continue to operate in the integrated primary care centre (IPCC) on the Leongatha hospital site each Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9am to 3.30pm.

People can book on the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675398 or at portal.cvms.vic.gov.au.

When booking on the portal, people are asked to include their postcode for Leongatha to ensure they find the correct clinic.