Nexus Primary Health Wallan will reopen its COVID-19 vaccine clinic, offering both Pfizer and AstraZeneca from early next month.
Nexus clinical services manager Daniel Ciccosillo told the Review the exact date was not yet confirmed as it would be determined by the federal vaccine delivery.
“Pfizer is a little bit more sensitive around times because of the shelf life. We’ll know about a week before the [delivery] date,” he said.
The clinic will have capacity to vaccinate up to 200 people per day, with bookings essential via the Nexus website or HotDoc online booking service.
The clinic will be open Monday to Friday, with some after-hours availability. Bookings are expected to open before the end of June.
Nexus’ Wallan and Kinglake sites both offered AstraZeneca vaccines at the start of the rollout, but the Wallan clinic was paused in early May due to what chief executive Amanda Mullins described as ‘inadequate’ Federal Government support making the process logistically difficult.
Between late March and early May, Wallan administered 793 AstraZeneca jabs.
After Melbourne’s circuit-breaker lockdown was announced, Ms Mullins said there had been a spike in booking enquiries.
“We’re getting a lot of calls. Without a doubt people are stepping up,” she said in late May.
Mr Ciccosillo said they had been working on the logistics of running a COVID-19 vaccine clinic since then, hiring more staff to make it possible.
“It’s quite labour intensive and we have four nurses on at a time to facilitate that,” he said.
“With the addition to our staff we’ve been able to cope with the flu vaccine season as well as take on the additional COVID vaccines.”
Nexus Wallan has put together a waitlist of people who have enquired, who will be prioritised and contacted with more information, before bookings are reopened to the public.
Mr Ciccosillo said Nexus woud keep the public informed when bookings were made available for July.
“As soon as we have a live site, we’ll be putting it on our socials and website, we’ll be shouting it from the rooftops,” he said.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at Nexus Kinglake, Kilmore District Health, and at a number of GPs.
Visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment to find your nearest clinic.