In light of the rush from members of the community to secure a walk-in jab at Bathurst's Australian Defence Force [ADF] clinic, a local pharmacist has reiterated the sheer availability of vaccine bookings available through local pharmacies.
Moodie's Pharmacy pharmacist and proprietor Paul Jones said vaccine bookings have slowed down in the past week with the ADF clinic in town, and stressed the importance of getting vaccinated as soon as possible, regardless of brand or venue.
"I think many people have attended the ADF clinic this week under the assumption they'll receive Pfizer over AstraZeneca but fundamentally, people need to accept the earliest vaccination opportunity they can secure," Mr Jones said.
"We need to get to at least 80 per cent of the state double dosed, otherwise the situation won't get any better and we'll still be faced with these difficult restrictions affecting everyday life."
Mr Jones referenced the 80 per cent figure rather than the state government's "lockdown-lifting" figure of 70 per cent to stress the higher rate will be a truer indication of when people can start feeling a bit more relaxed.
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"At 70 per cent, the government will allow you to do a few more things, but restrictions will still be tight, so my understanding is 80 per cent will be when people can start to experience more normality," he said.
"People need to get vaccinated as soon as possible, I can't stress that enough, and pharmacies have the proper screening processes in place." To book a vaccine appointment via a pharmacy, visit www.findapharmacy.com.au.
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