ONE year ago Leeton shire residents joined billions across the globe in lockdown in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Now, one year on the first Leeton shire residents have received the initial dose of the vaccine.
Phase 1B of the vaccination process started to be rolled out in town this week at medical centres in Leeton.
On Tuesday, the very first residents received their initial dose of the vaccination and, from all reports, everything went to plan.
Those who received this first dose said they were happy to receive it and were looking forward to seeing life start to return to normal as a result.
Priority groups in phase 1B include:
- Elderly adults aged 80 years and over.
- Elderly adults aged 70 years and over.
- Health care workers not vaccinated in phase 1A.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55.
- Adults with a specified medical condition.
- Adults with a severe disability who have a specified underlying medical condition
- Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
Leeton shire's hospital and health service workers are expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine in coming weeks.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District's chief executive Jill Ludford was pleased with the speed with which the vaccination would be rolled out across the district.
"We anticipate that NSW healthcare workers in the region and aged care residents living in our multi-purpose services will be vaccinated by the end of April," she said.
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"This vaccine brings us another step closer to reducing the harm caused by the virus, and keeping vulnerable people in our communities safe."
According to the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, Riverina residents will be informed of more general practices commencing vaccinations over the coming weeks.
To check your eligibility for a vaccine visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility. If you are eligible for the vaccine you will be redirected to book.
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