Wee Waa Local Aboriginal Land Council hosted its fourth and final COVID vaccination clinic on Saturday.
“It’s been really good to be a part of it,” said WWLALC chief executive officer Robyn Keeffe.
“It’s about looking after our community – people’s health, the economy, everything.”
The Royal Flying Doctor Service and nurses from the Wee Waa Community Hospital administered more than 200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday.
“It’s been outstanding,” added WWLALC chair Clifford Toomey.
“I think we’ve definitely helped to boost the vaccination rates by doing these clinics because we were lagging behind dreadfully,” said Mrs Keeffe.
“The RFDS has done a wonderful job, we wouldn’t have had the access to Pfizer that we’ve had without the RFDS.”
Mrs Keeffe said the Wee Waa Community Hospital nurses, who have worked at the last three clinics, made “a big difference” and really reduced the wait times for people.
“Wee Waa is a beautiful community and it was a shout-out from the community that started the clinics,” said Mrs Keeffe.“It’s the perfect location being outdoors and I think people feel comfortable coming here.“I also want to thank the SES and John Clements from Roy Butler’s office for helping,” added Mrs Keeffe.
“Many hands make lighter work,” added Clifford Toomey.
“It’s been another way to bring the community together, at a time when we haven’t been able to physically be together, and achieve something for everyone’s health and wellbeing,” said Mrs Keeffe.
On Sunday, September 19, the federal government released the latest vaccination data per local government area, revealing the Narrabri Shire had reached the 80 per cent first dose mark.
The local area is also nearing 40 per cent double dose.
Those figures are set to rise even further, after the additional vaccine clinics held at locations around the district over the weekend in Wee Waa and Narrabri, along with the local health professionals who have also been administering vaccine doses.
People are still being reminded to follow COVID-19 rules and stay safe.
“We need to keep forging ahead and get double vaxxed,” said Mrs Keeffe.
Wee Waa Community Hospital nurse Helen Haire and Debbie Combo.
Back, WWLALC chair Clifford Toomey, front, Royal Far West nurse Caroline Harris and Tessa Boney at Saturday’s vaccination clinic. The clinic was the fourth and final one hosted by WWLALC, but people can still make vaccination appointments with local health professionals. More than 200 vaccinations were administered on Saturday.
RFDS lead nurse Alice Sack and Tyson Gilmore.