Temporary hub to vaccinate 1,000 people each day in Caloundra
A temporary COVID-19 vaccination hub will open at Caloundra Indoor Stadium this weekend.
It comes as more eligible residents rush to get the jab, after a couple from Melbourne visited several sites across the Sunshine Coast while infectious this week.
“Given the recent cases, we’ve added a temporary new vaccination centre on the Sunshine Coast,” says health minister Yvette D’Ath.
“We are taking these ultra-cautious steps to ensure people on the Sunshine Coast can access vaccinations as quickly as possible.
“We know there has been COVID in the community so we are asking people to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated."
The Pfizer hub will open on Saturday and run seven days a week until Wednesday June 23.
It will operate between 9am and 5pm.
Due to the recent exposure in the community, the facility will accept walk-ins.
“We are expecting to vaccinate about 1,000 people each day via this new facility," says Ms D'Ath.
The health minister says there could be lines at vaccination hubs across the coast over the next few days.
“If you’re heading out for a vaccination this weekend, remember to bring a hat and some water as you may need to wait,” Ms D'Ath says.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says more vials of the vaccine are being sent to the region to meet demand.
"More vaccines will be sent to the Sunshine Coast so that more people can be vaccinated," he says.
"Clearly when there is an infection identified that raises people's levels of concern, and therefore, I guess, they're more likely to be vaccinated."