90% first dose vaccinated for our region and third dose COVID-19 vaccinations are now offered for immuno- compromised
Hunter New England Health is now offering a third COVID-19 vaccination, to people aged 12 years and older, who are severely immunocompromised and who have received their last dose at least two months ago.
This is in line with advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) which has recommended a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (preferably an mRNA such as Pfizer or Moderna) to further increase an individual’s protection against the virus.
Severely immunocompromised people (as defined by ATAGI) are those receiving active treatment for cancer (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or hormonal therapy), malignant blood cancers, organ failure, advanced or untreated HIV, or those on immunosuppressive or biologic therapies.
At this stage, ATAGI has not announced the third dose for the wider population generally.
Appointments for communities across the LHD can be made via email HNELHD-COVIDClinicBookingChange@health.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1800 570 575 (8 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday).
Third doses for severely immunocompromised people are also available at local general practitioners and pharmacies.
Over 90% first-dose vaccinated for Covid-19.
Almost 80 percent (78.6 percent) of all the Northern Tablelands’ adult population (15 years and above) are now fully vaccinated and a massive 90.4 percent have now received their first COVID jab – well done to everyone.
All six local government areas (LGAs) are now above 83 percent vaccination for 1st dose, which is fantastic, and Uralla is now beyond 93 percent.
These figures are brilliant, but I’m very keen to see us get beyond 80 percent for both doses ASAP – across all LGAs – so please book your vaccination today, if you’ve not done so already, or take advantage of the upcoming walk-in clinics.
It’s so pleasing to see our second dose rates increase by 7 percent in the last week.
At this rate, the Northern Tablelands will be 80 percent fully vaccinated this time next week.