Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Parkes, all three medical clinics on list

COVID-19 VACCINE: As of next week, all three Parkes medical centres will be administering the Covid-19 vaccine in Parkes but there may still be delays.
COVID-19 VACCINE: As of next week, all three Parkes medical centres will be administering the Covid-19 vaccine in Parkes but there may still be delays.

Parkes has not been alone in having its Covid-19 vaccine delivery delayed during the Central West's Phase 1b roll-out, the Western NSW Primary Health Network has said.

But in some relieving news for residents this week, the Currajong Medical Centre in Parkes has confirmed its vaccines have arrived and it will begin administering it tomorrow, Thursday.

Currajong Medical Centre was among the first 13 practices named in the first week of Phase 1b, which started last week.

However after calls to the centre there had been a delay in the arrival of the vaccine and the clinic had begun preparing a waiting list of eligible patients.

The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSWPHN) has now also confirmed that two more clinics in Parkes have been added to the roll-out as it enters week three next week.

These are the town's remaining two practices - Ochre Medical Centre Parkes and Parkes General Practice.

But Anthony Thompson from WNSWPHN said these clinics may too experience a delay like Currajong Medical Centre did.

He is urging Parkes residents to be patient with the roll-out and reassured that everyone will have their turn.

"Many clinics across the region are experiencing the same issue and [like Parkes] have created waiting lists," Mr Thompson said.

"This is just the first four weeks, everyone will get it and be eligible eventually.

"This is the biggest thing we've ever done in this country, it will take place, it will happen for everyone.

"The reassuring thing is there are no active cases in our region. The general public has done their part, that's why we're doing so well."

Mr Thompson is encouraging everyone to use the Vaccine Eligibility Checker that is available on the Department of Health's website.

The checker will help guide people in knowing if they can book a Covid-19 vaccination yet.

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