BATHURST people wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine are being encouraged to get it done at the Ochre Medical Centre.
Since the beginning of May, AstraZeneca shots have become available to people over 50 at all mass vaccination centres and general practice respiratory clinics, including Ochre Heath's Bathurst respiratory clinic at Charles Sturt University.
Due to the amount of availabilities at Ochre, people wanting to get the jab will be able to get it just a day after booking.
Ochre Medical Centre practice manager Samantha Allen said the service has received plenty of positive feedback from the members of the community who have come forward to be vaccinated.
"For people that ring up and book, we're offering appointments the very next day," she said.
"You don't need anything, just your ID. We have the doctors and nurses ready to go.
"Like the Department of Health has recommended, we want everyone vaccinated and that's what we're here for."
Ochre Medical Centre has already hit the 1500 mark in terms of vaccinations.
While appointments to get the jab was slow at the beginning of the roll-out, the centre was on track to hit the 400 mark this week and it has the capability to vaccinate up to 1000 people a week, if the demand is there.
"This is about making the community safe, so we can get back to doing what we like, like being out in the community and travelling," she said.
"The main thing though is to keep the community safe."
For people that ring up and book, we're offering appointments the very next day.Ochre Medical Centre practice manager Samantha Allen
People getting the AstraZeneca jab will be required to get a second shot 12 weeks apart.
Ms Allen said some people have reported side affects, but nothing serious.
"Common reactions are localised and some people say they've had none, while some feel tired," she said.
"It just depends on the actual person, but there's been nothing major.
"People will have to wait 15 minutes afterwards, to sit with a staff member, to see if there is a reaction. The process is fairly quick, but you'll be here for about 15-20 minutes."
To book, call 6331 9444.
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