Mayor in talks for pop up vaccination clinics
Published on 09 September 2021
Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes is currently in talks about pop-up vaccination clinics being hosted across the Snowy Valleys as a call to action to increase Covid19 vaccinations in the region.
Mayor Hayes has contacted local MPs Dr Joe McGirr and Justin Clancy as well as Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Jill Ludford advising that he supports pop-up vaccination clinics for the Snowy Valleys and would be happy to provide a Council venue free of charge.
Mayor Hayes says pop-up clinics would increase opportunities for the community to have timely access to vaccinations and provide a call to action for the community to come out and get vaccinated.
“The importance of vaccinated communities is being realised across the country as the challenge to contain covid continues,” Cr Hayes said.
“I would particularly like to see local vaccination numbers higher leading up to the Visy shutdown, increased Forestry planting and the Snowy 2.0 worker influx,” he said.
NSW Health advises that two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will provide around 90% protection against hospitalisation and death, and significantly reduces the risk of spreading the virus to others.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak NSW needs to reach 80% double vaccination rate to get back to normality and it is likely that vaccinated communities and individuals will also enjoy fewer restrictions going forward.
“Some will have valid reasons for not getting vaccinated, and that it is a very personal choice, however those who are willing and able should get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Cr Hayes.
“The more people who are vaccinated, the sooner we will reduce health risks and restrictions for ourselves, the vulnerable in our community and our community overall.”
All people over the age of 16 are eligible for vaccination. Contact your local GP, Pharmacy or visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 or call 1800 020 080 for help.