19.5 C
Byron Shire
January 21, 2022

Pfizer available on North Coast, health authorities say

Latest News

First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

Other News

Holy Joe: premium cold-drip coffee and medicinal mushrooms

After a long addiction to regular espresso and an urge to try something new, lifelong tinkerer James Bullock hammered...

Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe...

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Disaster prevention pledge welcomed

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

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.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

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!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

1,051 new cases of COVID-19 for Northern Rivers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) saw 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed to 8pm last night (19 January) while there were...

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

Disaster prevention pledge welcomed

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.