MP hopeful of increase in vaccination rate as first Moderna roll-out gets underway at Bellambi

Keira MP, Ryan Park visited the Bellambi Pharmacy where the first doses of the Moderna vaccine went into the arms of local residents.

THE rollout of the Moderna vaccine across Illawarra pharmacies has been welcome by Shadow Health Minister and Keira MP, Ryan Park, who says he is hopeful that it will dramatically increase the vaccination rate across the community.

Earlier this week Mr Park visited Bellambi Pharmacy where the first doses of vaccines went into the arms of local community members, with the new vaccine available to those aged 12 years – 59 years old.

With the rate of fully vaccinated people across the Illawarra just tipping over 50 percent this week, Mr Park said this new vaccine should see that level increase a lot faster.

“We need to dramatically increase our vaccination level. To be blunt we need both additional vaccines and people not to delay having their vaccination if we are to start to catch up to nearby areas such as Campbelltown,” he said.

“I am regularly in contact with the NSW Government about the need to dramatically increase the availability of vaccines given the Mass Vaccination Hub is only operating at half the capacity that it should be and given our increasing case numbers particularly over the last few weeks,” he said.

Mr Park said it was really pleasing to meet some young adults yesterday who were eager to receive the vaccine so they can protect themselves, their family and their mates especially when school returns in Term 4.

“Parents and carers need to make sure they book an appointment to have their child aged 12 and above vaccinated as soon as possible. Given Moderna is now available at many local pharmacies I am hoping that this makes it even easier for families to get vaccinated,” Mr Park said.

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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