North Coast

Vaccine rollout begins at Lismore Base Hospital vaccination clinic

Healthcare workers rolled up their sleeves to receive the first jabs of the

Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Lismore Base Hospital vaccination

clinic on Wednesday morning.

Intensive Care Registered Nurse, Rachel Benson was the first to receive the vaccine

in Lismore, and said it was important for everyone able to be vaccinated to protect

each other from COVID-19.

“It’s another layer of protection for myself and my family, and my community, so I’m

very excited to be receiving the vaccine today,” Ms Benson said.

Infectious Diseases trainee, Dr David Stephenson, who has worked with patients

who have had COVID-19, also received the vaccine today and encouraged others to

do the same when it’s made available to the broader community.

“By getting the vaccine, I’ll have more confidence in treating any future COVID-19

patients we may have,” Dr Stephenson said.

“When it comes to the community’s turn, I would say ‘roll up your sleeve!’”

Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Wayne Jones said the clinic

opening was a fantastic development in the pandemic response.

“It’s a great milestone today that we’re providing our first COVID-19 vaccines just 366

days after our very first case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW,” Mr Jones said.

“We are more than excited to be at this point.”

“Every staff member and clinician who works in Northern NSW Local Health District

will be offered a vaccination.”

Mr Jones reiterated the strong evidence around the efficacy of the AstraZeneca

COVID-19 vaccine to protect against severe illness and death, which is great news

for our communities and for staff working in our health facilities.

“Every box that needs to be ticked in the development of the vaccine has been

ticked,” Mr Jones said.

“I’ll be stepping up and getting the jab when my number comes up.”

Staff will receive two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, given approximately 12

weeks apart.

NSW is working closely with the Australian Government to implement a safe and

effective COVID-19 vaccination program.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in NSW, visit the NSW Health