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Get vaccinated Gippsland – help end the lockdowns

As Gippsland again suffers the frustration of our fifth lockdown, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging Gippslanders to go out and get vaccinated.

Mr O’Brien said getting vaccinated was one thing we can all do to get back to a more normal life and there were numerous locations now available across Gippsland with plenty of vaccines for those eligible.

“Our fifth lockdown is very frustrating and costly especially for those of us in Gippsland where there are no cases and no exposure sites.  For small business, school students, teachers and parents, casual workers and most of the rest of us, this lockdown is not just an inconvenience – it comes with social, personal wellbeing and economic costs.

“If there are no cases in our region in the next 48 hours, Gippsland must be freed, as the Premier has promised.”

Mr O’Brien said the best way to avoid future lockdowns is to boost community vaccination rates.

“I am a little frustrated at all the talk about vaccine "shortages", because that's not my experience and evidence suggests it shouldn't be the experience for most people in Gippsland.

“As at today, all adults aged 40 and above are eligible for a vaccine, while adults aged 18-39 can choose to get the Astra Zeneca vaccine in consultation with their doctor. Numerous other categories, such as health care workers, Aboriginal people and aged care workers are also eligible.”

“In Gippsland, it's pretty straight forward to get vaccinated - indeed some locations are calling for people to come forward as they have vacancies and vaccines ready to go.

Mr O’Brien said full details on eligibility could be found at https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Five Gippsland Respiratory Clinics (Bairnsdale, Sale, Wonthaggi, Warragul and Foster) are all open and offering both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca jabs, while an increasing number of local GP clinics are also offering both vaccines. Check the list and contact details here: https://www.gphn.org.au/covid-19-vaccine-resources/

“We've done a ring around of GP clinics in Gippsland South and all of those in Sale, Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster, Mirboo North and Yarram District Health Service are offering at least Astra Zeneca - call your clinic to make an appointment.

“There's also the community vaccination hubs right across the region located in Warragul, Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Traralgon, Sale, Yarram, Bairnsdale and Orbost. You can find details, including opening times and booking information here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres

“Some of these only take bookings, others will accept walk-ups. You can book by calling 1800 675 398 or online via the link above.

“So don't be put off by the talk - there are plenty of options for most people!  I recognise for various reasons some people can’t be vaccinated – that makes it even more important for the rest of us to do the job to help protect them.

“We’re all sick of lockdowns and uncertainty and if we all get vaccinated we’ll move a step closer to putting lockdowns behind us.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, who has had both doses of Pfizer, is encouraging Gippslanders to get vaccinated.

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