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COVID-19 update

Monday, 23 August 2021

From: Professor Eugene Athan, Director of Barwon South West Public Health Unit

We are very pleased with how our community has responded to the vaccination rollout so far, and it’s been encouraging to see our community coming forward to get vaccinated when eligible.

We have now delivered more than 184,000 doses across the Barwon South West.

Local GPs have also played a vital role in providing AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses through their general practices.

Our Community Vaccination Hub has seen strong demand from people aged 18-39 over the past week, and as we continue to add more appointments to the booking system, we hope this demand continues as more vaccination doses are added each week.

Our Public Health Unit contact tracing team is supporting exposure site management in Melbourne. We are also supporting a new positive case in Lara who is isolating with their family. Information on any local exposure sites will be made available as soon as possible once investigations are complete.

The number of people seeking COVID-19 testing has increased and there is an ability to expand testing capacity and opening times if required.

Our team is also providing support to Shepparton with 15 staff from across the BSW Region assisting Goulburn Valley Health with their COVID-19 testing response.

We would like to remind the Geelong community to remain vigilant and get tested at the first sign of COVID-19 symptoms, however mild. We also ask everyone to regularly check the Department of Health website to keep updated on exposure sites and follow the health guidelines. For information on exposure sites go to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

It’s important that people get vaccinated when there is an opportunity.

Bookings for Astra Zeneca vaccinations are currently available to anyone over the age of 18 years at the Community Vaccination Hub in Norlane. Walk-ins are available however bookings are preferred.

There are limited Pfizer bookings each week for people between the ages of 40 and 60 years. Priority groups such as health, aged care and disability workers of any age are able to access appointments for the Pfizer vaccine.

People aged between 12 and 16 years who have underlying medical conditions or are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are also eligible to be vaccinated.

To make a booking call 1800 675 398 or book online https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/. Additional appointments are added as supply becomes available. Please check the website for details and eligibility.