The ACT Government’s third COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Canberra Airport precinct will open its doors tomorrow, providing more Pfizer vaccinations to eligible Canberrans.
The airport clinic at 30 Nomad Drive, Pialligo will initially operate seven days a week from 8am to 3.30pm, delivering around 1500 vaccinations. Appointments will increase to 3000 per week and opening hours will be extended as more supply becomes available and more Canberrans are due for their second dose.
Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said Capital Airport Group had generously offered Canberra Health Services use of the site as a vaccination clinic.
“The Capital Airport Group has been a valuable partner in Canberra’s response to COVID-19, helping to facilitate the safe arrival of government facilitated flights and quickly communicating changes to travel restrictions to staff and passengers.
“On behalf of the ACT Government, we thank them for their continued collaboration and partnership and for their enthusiasm in supporting the ACT vaccination program,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.
Minister Stephen-Smith said the evolving situation in NSW and increase of positive cases across the country was a stark reminder of the importance in getting vaccinated.
“We are urging Canberrans to roll up their sleeves and take up the opportunity to get a vaccination as soon as possible.
“The vaccine is one way that Canberrans can protect themselves, their families and our community from the worst health impacts of COVID-19,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.
Canberrans aged 40-59 years can book for a Pfizer appointment at the Airport precinct clinic or Garran. Bookings are also open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 39 who is:
- a health, aged care, disability sector or other critical services worker
- an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
- a person with a disability or underlying health condition or
- a carer for an elderly person or a person with a disability or underlying health condition.
The mass vaccination clinic at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce will continue to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to those 60 years and over, along with around 70 General Practices and Respiratory Clinics across the ACT.
People can book their appointments:
- Online – using the ACT Government booking system MyDHR
- By phone – Calling the ACT Government Vaccination Booking line on 5124 7700, 7am to 7pm daily. People can request a call back and will not lose their place in the queue.
Minister Stephen-Smith acknowledged the work of the nurses, administrators, digital services and security staff who set-up and will be staffing and supporting the new clinic.
“The team at Canberra Health Services and ACT Health worked swiftly to set up this site while managing an increase in demand for both vaccinations and testing.
“Our healthcare staff continue to go above and beyond to deliver an accessible, effective and safe vaccination program for the ACT,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.
Quotes attributable to Stephen Byron, Managing Director, Capital Airport Group:
“Capital Airport Group is pleased to be able to contribute to the COVID-19 vaccination rollout here in the ACT.”
“We encourage all Canberrans who are eligible and not yet vaccinated to book their appointments as soon as possible, whether through their GP or one of the ACT Government’s clinics.”
The Airport precinct clinic is located 650m from the Airport terminal via George Tyson Drive. Onsite parking is available.
A trial shuttle bus service will operate every 15 minutes (daily between 7.50am and 4pm, initially) to connect with Transport Canberra buses at the Airport terminal, which is serviced by the Rapid 3 bus.
For more information: www.covid19.act.gov.au
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