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Image - SWH CEO Craig Fraser, COVID Infection Prevention Community Response Consultant Jenny Lukeis, COVID 19 Coordinator Sue Anderton and Director of Infection Prevention Dr Mark Page.

Vaccination Centre Plans

Vaccination Centre Plans

Image - SWH CEO Craig Fraser, COVID Infection Prevention Community Response Consultant Jenny Lukeis, COVID 19 Coordinator Sue Anderton and Director of Infection Prevention Dr Mark Page.

SOUTH WEST HEALTHCARE SET TO OPEN COVID VACCINATION CENTRE

In readiness for the COVID-vaccinating of thousands of local people, South West Healthcare (SWH) has today revealed its plans to establish a COVID vaccination centre in Warrnambool.

It's expected that approximately 40,000 people will pass through the centre over the next six to twelve months, with the former Sam’s Warehouse at 184 Merri Street the venue of choice.

SWH CEO Craig Fraser says an enormous amount of work has been going on behind the scenes as the region’s largest health service prepares itself for the biggest immunisation initiative in history.

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A recruitment campaign is underway for doctors, nursing staff and administration staff, and options are being explored for a suitable immunisation site at Camperdown.

The timing of when the vaccinations will commence is subject to the supply of the vaccines through the Barwon Health-coordinated regional vaccination hub.

At this stage it’s anticipated frontline SWH staff most-at-risk of exposure and all 23 Merindah Lodge residents will be offered the opportunity to have the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine administered onsite at SWH’s Warrnambool Base Hospital, Camperdown Hospital and Merindah Lodge in the next three to four weeks.

All remaining SWH staff and the local community will be offered the opportunity to have, most likely, the AtsraZeneca vaccine administered onsite at SWH’s COVID Vaccination Centre.

Both the Pfizer vaccine and the AtsraZeneca vaccine have received approval for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Trained immunisation staff will administer both.

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