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Foster Medical Centre Flu- and COVID- vaccine news

• On duty early giving the flu vaccinations were Robyn Galloway, Nancy Audrians, Owen Casson, Phil Worboys and Michelle Gordon. Absent from photo Trevor Andrews and Laurel Andrews.

WE had a successful Flu Clinic outside the High School’s Gymnasium on Saturday and for once the weather was pretty kind for us! Last year it seemed as if flu clinics attracted some of South Gippsland’s wildest weather and we are hoping for a better run this year.

Thankyou all that helped on Saturday and thankyou also to those who we rang to come in earlier….we were more efficient then predicted and you coming earlier made a difference to the time we finished!

We have another 3-4 clinics booked over the next few Saturdays. On the 24th we still have plenty of vacancies for people with eligible chronic diseases. On the 1st and 8th of May there are now lots of spots for all those over the age of 65 who haven’t had a COVID-vaccine shot in the previous 2 weeks. Please ring the clinic and book in. 

• Local resident Jenni Munro gets her flu shot on Saturday morning in Foster.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The clinic continues to vaccinate at a rate of approximately 200 a week all those over the age of 70 and all others in stage 1b of the rollout. (For details of eligibility we again refer you to the health.gov.au website and search eligibility).

As discussed last week, when the rare side-effect of ‘Thrombosis (clotting) with Thrombocytopenia (low platelets) Syndrome’, (or TTS), hit the headlines this did affect our numbers briefly but as people have had time to digest the news and work through the relative risks, we are busy again. We recommend to you another comprehensive and readable piece on this by Associate Professor Priscilla Robinson in this edition of the Mirror. Learn all about the Precautionary Principle (or PP for short) and how/why it was applied to the AZ vaccine. It is amazing to read that the COVID vaccines have now been given to over 850 million people world-wide now.

We have no updates on the online booking system at this stage. Just ring the clinic for appointments please.

For the latest changes in vaccine availability at the clinic (and there were a few changes in the last week), we refer you to our facebook page or website.

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