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Vaccine Hub Announced

Vaccine Hub Announced

AWH Confirms the Site

The former Coles building on High Street, Wodonga has been confirmed as the site for the north-east COVID-19 vaccination hub.

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Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) has said vaccinations will begin there in coming weeks, once interior construction is completed.

“The central location, paired with existing infrastructure and parking capacity makes it the perfect location for Albury Wodonga Health to establish its Wodonga-based Vaccination Hub,” says CEO, Michael Kalimnios.

Coles moved from the site in 2017, and it has remained vacant ever since, although Chemist Warehouse had recently purchased the building for more than $4 million.

The new hub will include 36 vaccination points, two treatment rooms, two consult rooms and separate rooms for pharmacy, storage and staff amenities. The Hub will also have two separate waiting areas – one for people awaiting the jab, and another for post-vaccination observation.

A 502 litre, -80 degree freezer to store the Pfizer vaccine was installed last week.

Wodonga Mayor Kevin Poulton welcomed the news that the hub would be in the Wodonga CBD.

“The hub will be regionally important in keeping our community and residents in our neighbouring council areas safe in the continuing fight against COVID-19,” he says.

While construction is being completed, Phase 1 vaccinations will be delivered at Albury Base Hospital, mostly to frontline health workers. But the High Street hub will be where the majority of people receive the jab.

AWH will deliver vaccinations to people in the Alpine, Indigo, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga shires, and will coordinate with Murrumbidgee Local Health District to distribute the vaccination north of the border.

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