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The region’s health services have worked together to begin a one-week surge on COVID vaccination in Nhill today.

The aim for the team is to vaccinate as many Nhill and West Wimmera residents aged 12-59, as possible for the week. Nhill Community Centre has been converted into a mass vaccination centre for the week.

Grampians sub hub Covid-19 vaccine rollout coordinator Genevieve Lilley said that while bookings for today and tomorrow had been snapped up, there were plenty of appointments available the rest of the week. “To make a booking for the Nhill centre, people can ring Goroke Community Health Centre on 5363 2201,” Ms Lilley said.

“The Goroke centre is helping with the bookings by making the appointments for each of these sessions.”

Ms Lilley said there would be similar sessions the following week in Kaniva on September 23 and Goroke on September 24.

“This is a catch-up opportunity for all those under 60 to get vaccinated and we encourage all over 60’s to continue to, as a matter of urgency attend their GP, as this is the best way for them to access vaccines,” she said.

“This is a fantastic collaboration between West Wimmera Health Service, Wimmera Healthcare Group, Grampians Public Health Unit and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

• For more information, contact Peter Miller on 0400 824 247 to arrange an interview with Dr Rob Grenfell, Public Health Specialist, Grampians Public Health Unit.

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