Calls to continue COVID vaccine efforts as first doses hit 60 per cent in Cowra

Inspector Adam Beard, Cowra Medical Associates Practice Manager, Maryann Wood, Dr Ankush Goyal and Mayor Bill West at the Cowra Civic Centre, which this week has become the new venue for the Cowra Respiratory Vaccination Clinic.
Inspector Adam Beard, Cowra Medical Associates Practice Manager, Maryann Wood, Dr Ankush Goyal and Mayor Bill West at the Cowra Civic Centre, which this week has become the new venue for the Cowra Respiratory Vaccination Clinic.

With more than 60 percent of Cowra residents receiving their first vaccination and more than 30 percent fully vaccinated, community leaders are urging locals to keep up the momentum, roll up their sleeves and do their part for the community.

"I applaud everyone who has answered the call so far, and acknowledge the tremendous job our local health professionals are undertaking to roll out vaccinations to our residents," Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said.

"Council is actively supporting vaccination efforts by making the Cowra Civic Centre available as a venue for the Cowra Respiratory Vaccination Clinic run by the Cowra Medical Associates.

"Council is also working with other agencies in providing traffic management for this week's important pop-up vaccination clinics at the Cowra Showground and I acknowledge the tireless work being undertaken behind the scenes by council staff, police and local emergency agencies in these difficult times to keep our community going.

"Getting vaccinated is one of the most important things we can do for the health of our community, so please don't hesitate. The data that is now available about the value of vaccination is compelling."

Officer in Charge of Cowra Police and Local Emergency Operations Controller, Inspector Adam Beard joined Cr West in encouraging the community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now more than 6.5 million and in Cowra, over 8000 vaccines have been given," Inspector Beard said.

"We want all those who haven't yet come forward to do so, particularly residents from our Shire villages and outlying areas.

"A vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community."

Western NSW Local Health District in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be running a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Friday, September 3 from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, September 4 from 9am to 3pm at the Cowra Showground Pavilion.

No bookings are required, just bring a form of identification and your Medicare card.

To make a booking to receive a vaccination from Cowra Medical Associates, contact the practice on 6341 1400.

To make a booking to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine from Optimal Pharmacy and Health Hub, Cowra, phone 6342 2285.

If you have any questions about the vaccine, please speak to a health professional.