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COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Ipswich

West Moreton Health has begun vaccinating its healthcare workers with the Astra Zeneca vaccine at Ipswich Hospital on Thursday 11 March 2021.

West Moreton Health Nursing and Midwifery Executive Director Karyn Ehren said initially, the AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered to West Moreton Health staff in the 1A priority group.

“These are staff who are at greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19, and who have chosen to receive the vaccine locally,” Ms Ehren said.

“In line with the phased roll-out, the next group scheduled for the vaccine at the Ipswich Hospital clinic is remaining healthcare workers.

“All remaining healthcare workers are part of the phase 1B group.”

Ms Ehren also said that it is important that people continue to protect themselves and others.

“This includes continuing to wash your hands often, practising physical distancing, staying home if you are sick and getting tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms,” she said.

The vaccine rollout is happing in five stages.

As of 10 March, 11,996 Queenslanders have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Complete this online checker to find out when it will be your turn to get the vaccine.

If you cannot complete this checker, speak with your doctor or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for advice.

Queensland’s vaccine strategy is guided by the COVID-19 vaccine National roll-out strategy.

People can stay informed about the roll-out at here.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and will protect you from COVID-19.
  • All vaccines given in Australia have passed tests to prove they are safe and work well.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free and you can choose to have the vaccine or not.
  • You need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Queensland has two COVID-19 vaccines available:

  • the Pfizer vaccine (also known as Comirnaty) which has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • the AstraZeneca vaccine which has been provisionally approved by the TGA.

More information from Queensland Health here.

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