Townsville Hospital and Health Service will begin a week-long vaccination blitz of Magnetic Island on Monday following the recent COVID-19 scare.
A team of two nurses and an administration officer will run the outreach vaccination clinic from the Magnetic Island Health Service from Monday, 12 July to Friday, 16 July. The clinic will be able to vaccinate 150 people a day and, if fully booked, will deliver both first and second vaccinations to about one third of the population.
Townsville Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Kieran Keyes said the clinic would be by booking only, with people able to book by visiting the Queensland Health website. QR codes for a direct booking link have also been distributed across the Magnetic Island community. “We know that vaccination is our path back to normal and the past fortnight on Magnetic Island has been anything but normal,” he said. “This was something we wanted to do to provide extra support to the Magnetic Island community."
Mr Keyes said while the chances of community transmission from the current lockdown were getting slimmer by the day, all North Queenslanders needed to remain vigilant. “Our testing clinics are open and there are minimal waits, if you have any symptoms please go and get tested, go home and stay home until you get a negative result,” he said. “Most identified close contacts will be getting their end of quarantine tests over the coming days and we should have a final picture of our position over the weekend. “If the situation deteriorates and we get a positive case we may need to reschedule the clinic, but we’ll make sure we keep the community informed.”
The Magnetic Island clinic is located at 76 Sooning Street in Nelly Bay and will be open from 9am until 4pm. If you have any problems making a booking you can call (07) 4433 7908 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm. Townsville Hospital and Health Service has administered 37,151 vaccines as part of the state rollout.