Healthcare workers received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the Goulburn Base Hospital vaccination clinic this morning.
The new Goulburn outreach clinic is supported by the Wollongong Hospital hub and is in addition to those already available for Southern NSW Local Health District staff at South East Regional Hospital, Cooma Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and the Canberra Hospital.
Goulburn Base Hospital Physician, Dr Ganesh Ramanathan, was the first to receive the vaccine in Goulburn, and said it was important for everyone able to be vaccinated to protect each other from COVID-19.
“It’s another layer of protection for myself and my family, and my community, so I’m very excited to be receiving the vaccine today,” Dr Ramanathan said.
Registered Nurse, Brigid Ness, who works in the Goulburn Base Hospital Emergency Department, also received the vaccine today and encouraged others to do the same as it’s made available to the broader community.
“By getting the vaccine, I’ll have more confidence in testing or treating potential COVID-19 patients we may have,” Ms Ness said.
Southern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Margaret Bennett said the clinic opening was a fantastic development in the pandemic response.
“It’s a great milestone today that we’re providing our first COVID-19 vaccines in Goulburn,” Ms Bennett said.
“Every staff member and clinician who works in Southern NSW Local Health District will be offered a vaccination.”
Video footage of today’s vaccinations: https://vimeo.com/528134155
The next outreach clinics planned in collaboration with Wollongong Hospital are:
8 April – Cooma (second dose)
13-16 April – Goulburn (second dose)
20 April – Braidwood
11 May – Braidwood (second dose)
NSW is working closely with the Australian Government to implement a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination program.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in NSW, visit the NSW Health website.