Northern NSW Local Health District is opening a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Byron Bay to encourage more people to come forward to get vaccinated.
The NSW Health clinic will be offering Pfizer vaccines at the Byron Bay Surf Club from Friday October 9 to Friday October 22. The clinic will be open Monday to Friday between 8am and 3.30pm, with walk-ins and booked appointments available.
NNSWLHD COVID-19 Vaccination Program Coordinator, Matt Long, said the District has been continuing to work closely with health partners and community leaders to expand local vaccination options as vaccine supply increases across the region.
"As restrictions in NSW gradually start to ease, the risk of coming into contact with someone who has the virus will be higher," Mr Long said.
"As of 4 October, 72 per cent of people in the Byron Shire had received their first dose, but it's important we continue to drive vaccination rates to increase the level of protection among the community to keep everyone safe.
State government data shows only 30-39% of people in the 2481 postcode, which includes Byron Bay, are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination rates in the neighbouring postcode 2482, which includes Mullumbimby, are similar, with only 30-39% full vaccinated and 60-69% having received their first dose.
"COVID-19 is a serious illness which can affect people of all ages. Completing both doses of either Astra Zeneca, Pfizer or Moderna can reduce a person's chance of hospital admission and death by around 90%, and also reduces the spread of the virus to others," Mr Long said.
"We are implementing a range of measures to ensure vaccination is accessible to everyone, including our most vulnerable, to reduce some of the barriers which may have prevented people from coming forward so far.
"The District will be rolling out mobile vaccination clinics in Byron and Mullumbimby during October, specifically targeting our vulnerable communities."
Bookings for people aged 12 years and over can be made at a NSW Health vaccination clinic, including the Byron Bay clinic, as well as at a range of GPs and pharmacies throughout the Shire, via the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.
"If you haven't yet made an appointment elsewhere, we urge you to book your vaccination today," Mr Long said.
If you do not have a Medicare card and want to have a digital record of your vaccination, then you will need an Individual Healthcare Identifier. You can apply for an IHI at healthupnorth.info/IHI