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Beechworth Pharmacy Vax

Beechworth Pharmacy Vax

Vaccination Program Expanding

Beechworth and Yackandandah pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

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The pharmacies want to help locals who need to get the jab closer to home.

"We just saw there was a bit of a gap in the current situation with vaccinating our community. It's about accessibility," explains Beechworth Pharmacy owner Ruth Parker, who has renovated her pharmacy to allow for a vaccination area.

"A lot of our vulnerable patients can't leave town, whether they have an inability to drive or perhaps chronic illnesses that limits their ability to move much, this way it gives them options."

Ms Parker says they decided to step up to the job, as local GPs are already overloaded. She says a lot of people put off treatment for their health and chronic illnesses during 2020, and GPs were now too busy to take on the vaccination program.

"We're certainly noticing the fallout from that now and our GPs are doing an amazing job at trying to service that part of the community, so if we can help to lessen their burden, we'll do it as much as we can," she says.

Ms Parker says they're starting slow for the first week, doing about 10 jabs a day, but hope to ramp it up quickly.

They are taking bookings for Astra Zeneca now on (03) 5728 1094, and are reminding locals that getting your vaccination is one of the five permitted reasons to leave your home.

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