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Vacc Demand Increase

Vacc Demand Increase

Centres expanding opening hours to keep up

There has been a 43 per cent increase in north east and border locals wanting to get their COVID-19 vaccination over the past month, prompting local hubs to extend their opening hours.

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Albury Wodonga Health's Wodonga Hub will be opening on Friday night until 730pm, and will keep running their Saturday sessions, to accommodate shift workers or people who are too busy with working from home and remote learning responsibilities to come during the day.

Alpine Health has also announced that their mobile clinics in Mt Beauty and Myrtleford will now be operating five days a week.

AWH Spokesperson Lucie Shanahan says they believe the Shepparton outbreak is part of the reason behind the increase.

"I think whenever COVID comes close to your doorstep you do get a little bit more anxious, and we do see a big response from the community at those times," Ms Shanahan says.

"I think one of the other key factors are the social restrictions that we're experiencing again. Particularly here on the border, with both NSW and Victoria in lockdown, it is a great motivator for people."

The health body is also expecting an increase now that 16 to 39 year olds are eligible to get their Pfizer jab, with Ms Shanahan saying they have already seen a "fantastic response" from young locals wanting to get their vaccination.

But she is assuring the community that they have plenty of supply of both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca, and up to 1000 appointments available across the region over the next month.

"The key message is that vaccination is one of our best avenues to get COVID under control."

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