More than 5180 coronavirus vaccinations have been administered at the Mount Gambier COVID-19 vaccine clinic since opening, but The SE Voice understands at least 15 to 20 people miss their vaccine appointments each day.
The Limestone Coast Health Network did not deny more than a dozen people were cancelling their appointments each day, but said no vaccine doses or appointment times were wasted. “We continue to vaccinate members of the community at the Mount Gambier COVID-19 vaccine clinic, with more than 5180 vaccinations administered at the clinic so far,” a Limestone Coast Health Network representative said.
“A small number of people miss their appointments for a variety of reasons and no vaccine doses or appointment times are wasted. We back fill these appointments by contacting people who have a future booking or are on a wait-list for an earlier appointment if one becomes available.”
According to the Federal Department of Health, for Australia to achieve herd immunity – or population immunity – from an infectious disease like the coronavirus which has killed over 900 Australians, it usually requires a large portion of a population to get vaccinated. In addition, the Department notes high immunisation rates also protect vulnerable people in our community who cannot be vaccinated, including very young children or people who are too sick.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration – the Australian Government’s medicine and therapeutic regulatory agency – writes vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most effective way to reduce severe illness and death from infection. “We remind people to book their appointments at the recommended timeframes and to call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 if they have any difficulties booking, rescheduling or cancelling their appointment,” the Limestone Coast Health Network stated.
The recommended timeframe for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is 21 days for Pfizer and 12 weeks for AstraZeneca.