Sunday start for COVID-19 shots at New Norfolk

UPDATE: The venue for this clinic is now the New Norfolk RSL Club, at 30 George St, New Norfolk.

EARLIER: THE State Government’s New Norfolk Community Clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations will open for business tomorrow (Sunday), March 21. People eligible for these free vaccinations can book online or by phone.

The clinic, at Millbrook Rise, 3 Hobart Rd, will open from Sunday to Tuesday. Vaccinations are also available nearby at Brighton, Bridgewater and Claremont, and the government has announced that a mobile clinic will soon be established at Ouse.

To check your eligibility for the current round of vaccinations, visit the online Health Direct eligibility checker. People without online access who want to find out if they are eligible, can call the national hotline on 1800 020 080.

The State Government’s four community COVID-19 vaccination clinics at New Norfolk, Brighton, Kingston and Launceston are in addition to the Federal Government’s service being offered through selected medical centres. Tasmanians who are able to receive their vaccine as part of Phase 1b include:

* Elderly people aged 70 and over
* Remaining health care workers not vaccinated in Phase 1a
* Younger adults with underlying medical conditions
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years
* Critical and high-risk workers, including defence; police, fire and emergency services; and those working in meat processing

“We expect to vaccinate more than 16,000 Tasmanians at the four clinics over the next four weeks,” Health Minister Sarah Courtney said yesterday. “Over time, everyone who wants to be vaccinated, will be able to be vaccinated – there is plenty of time. Please do not attend a clinic if you don’t have a booking. Bookings are essential to ensure the clinics run safely and efficiently.

“The government will also run pop-up clinics to ensure Tasmanians living in rural areas can be vaccinated. Mobile clinics over the first four weeks are expected to be set up in a number of centres, including Ouse, Huonville, Kempton, George Town and Scottsdale. These will be advertised locally.

“The first phase of the rollout – Phase 1a – has now been under way for four weeks and I’m pleased to report that Tasmania has now delivered 7631 individual doses of vaccine to 6557 Tasmanians – including 1074 who have now had their second dose.”

Ms Courtney said Tasmanians eligible for a vaccine under Phase 1b who live close to a clinic may also receive an SMS text message encouraging them to book.

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