Saturday, May 25, 2024

Logan council nurses ready to step up for vaccine rollout

Logan City Council has offered to support Queensland Health in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, if needed.

Council has been providing community immunisation services since 1979 and said City of Logan’s immunisation nurses are qualified and accredited to administer some vaccines, including COVID-19 shots, under the provisions of the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996.

The Council has submitted an expression of interest to Queensland Health to be included on a panel of potential providers of COVID-19 vaccination services.

City of Logan Mayor, Darren Power received his first COVID-19 shot last week.

He qualified to receive an AstraZeneca vaccination under Phase 2a of the Australian Government’s rollout which includes people aged 50 years and over.

“The only way we will win the war against this pandemic is to get as many people vaccinated as soon as it is feasibly possible,” Mayor Power said.

“I urge everyone to go to the Queensland Health website and use their simple COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to learn more about when and where they could get a shot.”

Support for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout was discussed at today’s meeting of the Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee, which is responsible for Council’s immunisation services.

The matter will now go to next Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting.

Planning, Economic Development and Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said it made sense to consider making available Council’s well-established immunisation services should they be needed at any stage of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

“Our immunisation team already provides valuable year-round services to the community, not just in City of Logan but in other nearby areas as well,” Cr Raven said.

“Many in the community already use these services to get flu shots and other vaccinations.

“If Queensland Health needs any assistance in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, City of Logan is ready to help to the extent we reasonably can.”

Details on Council’s ongoing vaccination programs, including where to get flu shots, can be found on its website 

More information on COVID-19 vaccinations is available on the Queensland Health website  

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