Walk-in and get a Pfizer jab at Bodalla this Sunday

Narooma Medical Centre will set up a walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinic at Bodalla Oval this Sunday, September 26.

The clinic will operate from 10am-2pm.

Dr Gurdeep Bagari of Narooma Medical Centre is passionate about vaccinating the community and wanted to make vaccinations more accessible to the Indigenous community.

"We were aware of some difficulties accessing vaccinations in the local community, especially in the Indigenous community, so we are setting up in a local place where they can access easily," he said.

"It's open for everyone, it's not isolated to the Indigenous community."

Pfizer campaign: Dr Gurdeep Bagari wanted to set up a clinic at Bodalla to make vaccinations more accessible to the Indigenous community.

Pfizer campaign: Dr Gurdeep Bagari wanted to set up a clinic at Bodalla to make vaccinations more accessible to the Indigenous community.

Dr Bagari said the clinic was expecting between 500-600 people to walk in. It will be run in conjunction with the Southern NSW Local Health District and South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network COORDINARE.

COVID marshalls will ensure safety measures were in place on the day.

The community was urged to register their interest by sending a message to the Narooma Medical Centre's Facebook page or call reception staff on 4476 5588.

Dr Bagari said Pfizer and AstraZenica vaccines were also available at both the Tuross and Narooma Medical Centres. Over the next two weeks, he said there were 1000 Pfizer doses available for anyone above the age of 12.

"A lot of people think it's very hard to get the vaccine, but today there were availabilities; we have Pfizer appointments available," Dr Bagari said.

The Narooma Respiratory Clinic ran a walk-in Pfizer clinic earlier this month, vaccinating 650 people. Patients of that clinic will become fully-vaccinated after receiving their second dose this Sunday, in the carpark behind the Lighthouse Surgery.

Dr Bagari was pleased to see two Pfizer campaigns run side-by-side.

In three-weeks time, he said the Bodalla clinic will set up again at the oval to offer second doses.

He was excited to see the community reach more than 85-percent vaccination rate for the first dose.

"The rate we have reached with vaccines is amazing, we're close to 90 percent now," he said.

"Within one months time, I believe the Eurobodalla will be the highest vaccinated."

If the community continues to get vaccinated, Dr Bagari proudly said: "we could be the highest vaccinated region in Australia."

He encouraged people who've had their first dose of AstraZenica to move their second-dose appointments forward.

"You don't have to wait 12 weeks, you can wait four weeks," he said.

"I strongly encourage anyone who had their first dose more than four weeks ago to come forward and get their second."

As COVID-19 positive case numbers climb to 16 in the shire, Dr Bagari said: "If everyone is vaccinated, we can assure no one goes to Canberra for ICU admission."

The Narooma Medical Centre has extended their opening hours from 7am-7pm Monday-Saturday and on Sundays, 9am-2pm.

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