By Danielle Burns
SHEPPARTON’S new Vaccine Hub, the McIntosh Centre at the Showgrounds, is now operational with GV Health staff aiming to vaccinate up to 50 people a day.
The facility, which started distributing both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to people in the 1a category yesterday (mostly frontline healthcare workers), is equipped with 12 vaccination pods, allowing nurses to administer the vaccines to 12 people at once.
Vaccinations are expected to take five minutes per patient, with an aftercare monitoring period of 15 minutes before they are able to leave.
“This facility has come up trumps, it’s clean, it’s professional, it’s a great work environment,” operational director of the Public Health Unit for the Goulburn Region, Julyan Howard, said while touring the facility on Friday.
“It’s going to be a great place for our staff to work, and it’s going to be a great place for people to come and have their vaccinations.”
When asked for any final words, Mr Howard stressed the importance of taking our responsibility to protect our community and encouraged all to step up and receive the vaccine when their time comes.