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Pfizer available on North Coast, health authorities say

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Health authorities on the Northern Rivers say the region now has a supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The news comes after Country Labor Member for Richmond Justine Elliot expressed concerns earlier this month that her electorate had no Pfizer available.

‘The supply of vaccines to our region has been a complete debacle,’ Ms Elliot told Bay FM’s Community Newsroom at the time, ‘I have calls from people every day concerned they can’t get the Pfizer vaccine, I understand we don’t have any here on the North Coast, some people are saying they’re booked in for months ahead to get it but we haven’t got it here on the ground’.

Healthy North Coast is the organisation responsible for rolling out Covid 19 vaccines to hospital clinics and GPs throughout the region and CEO Julie Sturgess says that’s happening.

15,500 Pfizer doses per week available via North Coast GPs

The vaccination program has been a gradual roll-out,’ Ms Sturgess said in mid-July, ‘and certainly initially, it was only Astra Zeneca available’.

Mr Sturgess said the supply of Pfizer had increased as of July.

‘On the North Coast we have about 35 general practices and six Commonwealth vaccination centres that are offering Pfizer from July and of course the hospital clinics in major locations are also offering Pfizer,’ Ms Sturgess said.

‘Probably on the North Coast through general practice there’s about 15,500 doses of Pfizer a week that have become available,’ she said.

Ms Sturgess said the Pfizer roll-out was being prioritised for those aged between 40 and 59 but that anyone under 40 who wanted the Pfizer could consult with their GP and register on a wait-list.

People aged 60 and older were mostly receiving the Astra Zeneca vaccine.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank goodness the Northern Rivers also has a good supply of Vitamin D shinning down on us.

    Supply has increased in July and will continue to do so until the summer solstice.

    You can get it working a plough, feeding a cow, or hangin’ 10 over the bow, matter of fact I’ve got it now… and will get another dose tomorrow.

    • Your skin manufactures Vitamin D from UV rays, you don’t get it from sunlight. Neither Vitamin D or being off with the fairies will prevent this virus attack.

  2. There is Pfizer available but depending on your age group you will need a doctors referral! There are now 5 deaths in Sydney with just under a hundred people in intensive care fighting for their lives! It’s amazing Morrison and Berejiklian haven’t been charged with criminal negligence? Make no mistake what their ideological incompetence has caused should result in criminal prosecution!

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