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It's jab time

MORE than half the Loddon’s 7500 residents are now able to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The rollout of AstraZeneca to people aged over 50 started this week.

The regional response is being co-ordinated by Bendigo Health with a regional hub in Bendigo. Local GPs are also involved in the vaccination of Loddon residents.

Marong Medical Practice

Inglewood director Jayant Banerji said vaccinations were available from the Marong clinic at three sessions - two during the week and one on Saturdays for local residents.

Inglewood did not have the infrastructure to store doses. He said local patients had long-standing relationships with their doctors and after discussion, local patients appeared less hesitatant about receiving the vaccine than in some other areas.

Inglewood clinic has been taking appointments from people eligible in Stage 2A of the vaccine rollout.

Boort District Health clinical services director Donna Doyle said only AstraZeneca would be available in the town as neither the hospital or medical centre had facilities to store the Pfizer vaccine.

Donna said there was no issue with supply of AstraZeneca with new stock now arriving regularly.

“All people must do is make an appointment, and if not already a patient, register,” she said.

Bendigo Health has been co-ordinating vaccination of residents and staff at Boort District Health following a similar roll-out in February at Inglewood.

Bendigo Health, when asked if it planned vaccination team visits to Loddon communities, said people could register and attend the Bendigo hub.

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