Cairns clinics have started administering COVID-19 vaccines this week as Australia enters its second phase of the national rollout program.
Tropic has put together a list of local clinics that have opted in to deliver the shots as part of Phase 1b, which will continue over the next four weeks.
People over the age of 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55-years-old, adults with a specified medical condition, healthcare workers, and critical high-risk workers are currently eligible to receive their free vaccine.
People who fall under the Phase 1b eligibility criteria can now make a booking at the following local clinics.
Barrier Reef Medical Centre, Cairns North
The Doctors Mulgrave Road Medical Centre, Westcourt
Cairns West Medical Centre, Manunda
The Family Doctor Cairns, Manoora
Omega Health Medical Centre, Manoora
Mt Sheridan Medical Practice, Mt Sheridan
Edmonton Family Medical Centre, Edmonton
Balance! Edmonton Family Practice, Edmonton
Smithfield Central Doctors, Smithfield
Residents in the greater Far North Queensland region can search here for their closest GP clinic offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Just enter your nearest town or suburb in the search bar.
To find out which COVID-19 vaccination phase you fall under, fill out the eligibility checker here.
If you prefer to speak to someone on the phone, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.
Innisfail Hospital is due to start vaccinating its frontline health workers tomorrow, while Atherton Hospital staff received their first doses on Friday.
Cairns Hospital began administering the Pfizer vaccine to its frontline staff in late February.
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) CEO Robin Whyte said that there’s already been a high interest for the COVID-19 vaccine, and not just from people who are eligible for the current phase.
“We’ve been really pleased that so many residents are keen to get vaccinated in this next phase, however it's important to take the time to check your eligibility in this round, before making an appointment or calling your doctor,” Ms Whyte said.
“The Australian Government is leading a staged, gradual roll-out of the vaccine, with the most vulnerable populations being prioritised for an early vaccination.
“Please be assured that all eligible people across Queensland will have their turn to be vaccinated in the coming months.”
Ms Whyte said residents whose regular GP is part of the vaccination program may be contacted when it’s their turn to receive the vaccination.
“We’re heartened by the fact that there is a low risk of contracting COVID-19 in Queensland at this current time, and all eligible Australians will have the opportunity to have this vaccination in the coming months,” she said.
“In the meantime, we encourage residents to ensure their Medicare details are correct, continue to practise good hygiene, physical distancing and adhere to local restrictions and understand how to isolate if you need to.
“As ever, if you're feeling unwell, don't go to work, avoid group activities, and get tested.”