A GOOD number of people received their COVID-19 shot at the Kelso Community Hub on its first day as a pop-up vaccination clinic.
The new clinic follows on from the highly successful Australian Defence Force (ADF) clinic at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, which saw 3781 people vaccinated in six days.
The Kelso Community Hub is a walk-in clinic, meaning no appointments are needed, and around 200 people per day will be able to be vaccinated.
The clinic is being led by the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service and CEO Jamie Newman said it is about making the vaccine more accessible to people in the community.
"We've got to be mindful that a lot of our people who live in low socioeconomic areas do not have transport, so to get into town would be difficult for them. We encountered the same thing in Orange," he said.
"We need to be able to sometimes bring the mountain to Mohamed, so having it here right in the heart of Kelso allows for walking distance for community members here."
A similar clinic was run in Orange recently and Mr Newman said the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service was happy to come over to help the people of Bathurst.
"This is a joint initiative that we're running with the local health district and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service. We did it in Orange, happy to come across here - you're practically neighbours with us," he said.
The clinic will remain at the Kelso Community Hub until Friday, opening daily from 10am to 4pm.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole hopes to see more people take up the opportunity to get vaccinated this week.
"Bathurst residents and anyone who hasn't been vaccinated are welcome to make use of this venue," he said.
People looking to get vaccinated should bring identification with them and their Medicare card, and then simply join the queue.
Mr Newman understands there are people still hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Anyone who is concerned is welcome to attend the clinic during the week to get any information they need to help them make a decision.
"We'll happily go through the steps of the vaccine with people that are a bit hesitant and we just offer them advice. At the end of the day, naturally, the citizens will make that call and if they are happy to have the vaccination then we are happy to give it," he said.
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