The Mount Isa Hospital vaccination clinic has moved to the Mount Isa Civic Centre, making it the largest vaccination site in North West Queensland.
The District Disaster Management Group will oversee the operations, and logistical elements of the vaccination clinic with support from the North West Hospital and Health Service as of Monday July 5.
NWHHS Acting Chief Executive Dr Karen Murphy said the new location will allow for better patient flow, increased testing and reduced wait times.
"The Mount Isa Civic Centre is a very popular option, and we have made changes to increase capacity and appointment availability to ensure we can vaccinate more people in a day," Dr Murphy said.
"The location of the new site, with help from the DDMG, will relieve the pressure on our staff and health service. The speed of the new Delta variant proves we can't afford to let our guard down," she said.
Mount Isa District Disaster Executive Officer, Senior Sergeant Jeff Magnus has been appointed as the region's vaccine coordinator to assist the NWHHS as the rollout continues to ramp up.
Mr Magnus has been involved in local disaster management for more than a decade, responding to cyclones, floods and fires.
"The North West Hospital and Health Service has done a fantastic job to date, and we have stepped in to help take it to another level," Mr Magnus said.
"We expect the demand for extra appointments at the Civic Centre to be high and have put detailed plans in place to accommodate and coordinate this next phase," he said.
Mount Isa City Council Mayor Danielle Slade has praised the work of the NWHHS and DDMG.
"The North West Hospital and Health Service, in partnership with the District Disaster Management Group, have been working tirelessly around the clock to speed up North West Queensland's vaccination process," Cr Slade said.
"Let's thank them the best way we can, by getting the vaccine. I thank the community for their patience during this time and their kindness towards staff. This vaccination hub is the doorway out of the pandemic; let's keep up the great work.".
How can I book a vaccine appointment?
Call the North West HHS COVID vaccination hotline on 1800 551 552 to book an appointment.
The hotline will be experiencing excessive demand so if you are having trouble getting through, please email NWHHS.Vaccinebookings@health.qld.gov.au with your request to make a booking.
If you have a disability or a pre-existing medical condition, you should discuss the vaccination with your GP and receive the vaccine from them.
If you live in aged care, disability care, or other sensitive accommodation settings, you will be contacted to have your COVID-19 vaccine administered.
Can I walk in?
Our COVID clinics accept walk-ins; however, please be advised of up to an hour wait. North West Queenslander's are advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
When is Civic Centre open for vaccinations?
Every Monday until further notice. 10am - 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday until further notice. 9am-4pm
Every Thursday until further notice 1-8pm
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