AstraZeneca roll-out must be expanded

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell is calling for Warrnambool to be added to the list of state-run vaccination centres able to give AstraZeneca to people aged 18-39.

Ms Britnell said it was pleasing the Andrews Labor Government had finally allowed people who have spoken with a doctor to get the vaccine in a state-run centre.

But she said it was disappointing Warrnambool had been left of the list of hubs announced as being able to provide the vaccination with informed consent.

“We’ve already seen that people in the south-west are keen to roll up their sleeve – we have the second highest fist dose rates in the state and the third highest in the country,” she said.

“But there are many people who want to get vaccinated but can’t.

“It’s a good thing the State Government has finally opened up AstraZeneca to younger groups with informed consent, but it’s disappointing that Warrnambool has been left off the list of hubs able to do that.”

Ms Britnell said high levels of vaccination were the quickest ways out of continued lockdowns.

She said she had full faith in the approvals process for vaccinations in Australia and was more than happy to have the AstraZeneca vaccination herself.

“It’s a vaccine that was used widely in the United Kingdom and Europe and I have full confidence in the processes we have in Australia,” she said.

“We have good supply of AstraZeneca and if a doctor determines it’s the right vaccination for someone then they should be able to get it.

“I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca and will have my second in the coming days. I’ve also encouraged my children to speak with their doctor and to get the vaccination.

“This is the best way out of this mess and will put an end to lockdowns which have such a massive impact on us all.”


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