THE Gippsland Region Public Health Unit has advised that further testing of the local wastewater in the Lakes Entrance area over the weekend has produced negative results.

The announcement is good news, not only for the Lakes Entrance community, including the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust area, but also for the rest of regional Victoria.

“We would like to thank the community for getting tested over the weekend and acknowledge the cooperative efforts from local health and government services for providing additional testing capacity during this time,” said a spokesperson for the GRPHU.

Overall, 490 COVID-19 tests were conducted at:

* Orbost Regional Health 4

* Bairnsdale Regional Health Service 107

* Gippsland Lakes Complete Health 57

* Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic 324

“We would like to remind the community to remain vigilant and get tested if they are experiencing any symptoms (however minor). Check exposure sites regularly and follow the public health advice.”

Vaccinations

From Monday, August 16, everyone aged 18 years and over is eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at one of our Community Vaccination Hubs by appointment only.

Increasing our vaccination coverage is particularly important given the current COVID-19 outbreaks and the potential for further interstate incursions this year.

Any young person considering the AstraZeneca vaccine should talk to their General Practitioner if they have questions or concerns.

GRPHU would like to remind the community of the time intervals between doses of both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines:

Pfizer: Is a two-dose schedule with a minimum interval of six weeks between first and second dose.

AstraZeneca: Is a two-dose schedule with a 12-week interval between first and second dose.

With two doses of either vaccine, spaced at their recommended dose intervals, you are 90 per cent less likely to get very sick or need to go to hospital with COVID-19. This high level of protection also applies to new variants of COVID-19, such as the Delta variant.