Earlier this week, a COVID-19 vaccination van, VOCan, visited Mossman Gorge and Hospital, with many residents excited to roll up their sleeves, but Dr Colbridge said the few days the van was in the County still only made a small dent in the people needing inoculation.
Louise Cooper, CEO of Mountain View Medical, agreed the support was needed because “this is a mammoth task for two general practitioners to take on.”
“Right now we have a waiting list for COVID vaccinations, a list of our own patients, other people, and even people in Cairns, and we’re working around the clock.
“There are many complexities surrounding the logistics of running these clinics, especially trying to bypass all of the usual services we provide to the practice.
“It is good to be part of the deployment as we want to help our community reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We would always appreciate patience as the demand for the vaccine is greater than our capacity to vaccinate right now,” she said.
Dr Don Martin, Acting Executive Director of Medical Services at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services, said they were working with Mossman Hospital, North Queensland Primary Health Network and Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku to understand the local demand for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“If the vaccination clinic at Mossman Hospital (VOCan, which visited this week) goes well, we will consider setting up a longer term clinic at the hospital,” he said.
“Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program is led by the Australian government through primary care providers.
“This means that most COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered to Queenslanders through licensed general practitioners, respiratory clinics, community-controlled health services and pharmacies.
“Most people in Queensland get vaccinated by these providers – whether for childhood vaccinations or for the annual flu shot.
“It is important that people are vaccinated where they normally seek care, so if your GP offers vaccination, we encourage you to visit them,” he said.
The state government also announced this week that it will open 14 community-based vaccination centers across the state by the end of July to facilitate the deployment of the COVID vaccine. A number are in central and southern Queensland, with seven locations yet to be announced.