GV Health COVID-19 vaccine program expands

GV HealthGV Health is responsible for delivery of vaccines in Shepparton, Kyabram, Cobram, Mansfield, Seymour and Kilmore Health Services. Availability of vaccines for those aged 12-15 is given, and this includes indigenous children. Advice is also given about pregnant women and the vaccine.


GV Health announces that the COVID-19 vaccination program is expanding, and that 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the GV Health local public health unit catchment area since March 10.

GV Health COVID-19 vaccination sites

GV Health now operates six vaccination sites through the GV Health local public health unit catchment area in partnership with health services in local communities. Most of these sites offer both Pfizer and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, including:

GV Health Updates about Vaccination availability

Vaccination Clinic NamePfizerAstraZeneca
McIntosh Centre, Shepparton ShowgroundsYesYes
Mansfield District Hospital - Anderson HallYesYes
Kilmore District Health - Outpatients BuildingYesYes
NCN Health, CobramYesYes
Seymour HealthYes No
Kyabram District Health ServiceNo Yes

1. Expanded eligibility to include high risk young people aged 12-15 years
As of 9 August 2021, young people aged 12-15 who are at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at the GV Health vaccination sites in Shepparton, Mansfield, Kilmore, Cobram and Seymour. This eligibility applies to:

  • Young people with specified medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19 (including but not limited to severe asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies, neuro developmental disorders, epilepsy, immuno-compromise and trisomy 21)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

As well as meeting the eligibility requirements as a person with an underlying medical condition or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, proof of age must also be provided to ensure the young person is at least 12 years old. For example, a school ID card, birth certificate, passport, doctor’s letter with date of birth or other proof of age.

The young person must attend a vaccination centre with a parent or guardian or other person with parental responsibility for the child who will give consent and accompany them during the vaccination process.

2. Access to AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 18-39 years
As of 9 August 2021, the GV Health vaccination sites in Shepparton, Mansfield, Kilmore, Cobram and Kyabram have expanded access to the AstraZeneca vaccine for all individuals aged 18 to 39 years.

The same informed consent process is used for people in this age group as is currently used for people aged under 60 who elect to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

3. Pregnant women are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine

From 26 July 2021, women of any age who are pregnant are eligible to receive a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine from the GV Health vaccination sites in Shepparton, Mansfield, Kilmore, Cobram and Seymour.

4. Kyabram District Health Service now open for AstraZeneca vaccinations
Kyabram District Health services opened for AstraZeneca vaccinations on 2 August 2021.

Telephone and online bookings can be made

Bookings are essential for all eligible members of the community and can be made on 1800 675 398 (select Option 1 – Option 1 – Option 1). The booking line is open from 8am – 8pm. Bookings can also be made online at: https://cvms.powerappsportals.com

Extended opening hours at vaccination sites

Extended opening hours at Shepparton:

The GV Health vaccination hub at the McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds, Corner Thompson & High Street, remains open from 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

The vaccination hub will extend its opening hours until 8 pm every Tuesday until 17th August to enable eligible people to be vaccinated after office hours.

In addition, the McIntosh Centre will open on Saturday 21st August from 9am to 4pm.

Extended opening hours at Kilmore

The vaccination hub in Kilmore is open until 7.30pm on Tuesdays, and 8am – 2.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Extended opening hours at Cobram

The vaccination hub in Cobram is open until 8pm on Wednesdays.

50,000 vaccinations milestone reached

Last week, GV Health reached the milestone of administering 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the six vaccination sites in the GV Health local public health unit catchment area since 10 March 2021.

“Thank you to the community members who have come forward to be vaccinated to date, and thank you to the staff at each of the vaccination sites – 50,000 vaccines administered really is a significant achievement,” said Matt Sharp, Chief Executive, GV Health.

GV Health continues to urge eligible people to make a booking to be vaccinated

“While 50,000 vaccines is a great outcome to date, GV Health continues to urge all eligible Victorians to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are aged 40 years or over, you are already eligible, and now we have expanded access to include high risk young people aged 12-15 years, AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 18-39 years, and COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women. The Kyabram District Health Service COVID-19 vaccine service is now open, and we have expanded hours at the vaccination hub in Shepparton, and at Kilmore District Health Service and NCN Health – Cobram. We are expecting to be busy with this vaccination program expansion but the GV Health COVID-19 vaccination team is well prepared, so please make a booking today if you are eligible”, said Alicia Cunningham, COVID-19 Response Executive, GV Health.

GV Health keeps its Facebook page updated about the COVID-19 vaccination program. Further information can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

 

 


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