Jab demand surges

Castlemaine resident Gayleen Cross receives her first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from registered nurse Leanne Nuridin at Castlemaine Health's vaccination clinic as demand to get the jab surges. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Demand among locals to get vaccinated has surged as Victoria’s outbreaks of the more transmissible strain of COVID-19 hold the state hostage.
At Castlemaine Health, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic hours have been extended and medical staff there this week told the Mail locals are now stepping up in far greater numbers to get the jab and do their bit to help curb the spread.
“Demand has doubled since the outbreak and our community has embraced vaccination,” nurse unit manager Shelley Leathem saidas AstraZeneca jabs went in arms at multiple vaccination stations during this Wednesday’s morning clinic in the Castlemaine site.
“Last week we had close to 200 vaccinations. This week we’re looking at 300 to 350,” Ms Leathem said.
“We’re encouraging people to keep booking and registering their interest through the link on the Castlemaine Health website because that helps ensure that the clinic runs smoothly.”
Responding to the upsurge in demand for the vaccine, the Castlemaine Health clinic has extended its hours… Read more in the Mail 04.06.21