Far North Queenslanders who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1b of the national rollout will be able to head to a local GP next week to receive their vaccination.
There are 11 GP clinics* in Cairns who have signed up to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
The number of local GP clinics able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will increase over the coming weeks and months.
Each clinic will be provided with their allocated doses from Monday, 22 March 2021.
Each clinic has been allocated a weekly cap on the number of doses to be provided – this cap ranges from 50 – 400.
The tiered dose allocation model has been developed to maximise the number of practices coming on board each week, based on available vaccine supply.
This staged scale up will align with the supply of the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine, and as more vaccine becomes available more services will come online.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said GPs will play a major role in ensuring all Far North Queenslanders who seek to be vaccinated have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
“Vaccines are the game changer in our fight against the COVID-19 virus and I urge everyone in Far North Queensland to come forward and get vaccinated when they are able to,” Mr Entsch said.
“It will protect you, your family, and our community.
“Phase 1B includes vulnerable groups, such as older people and people with certain underlying medical conditions.
“No-one is better placed to support these people than our local general practices.
“It is clear from the positive response to the EOI that GPs are both prepared and committed to support the national COVID-19 vaccination effort, as well as their local communities.”
Mr Entsch said Far North Queenslanders eligible for Phase 1b will be able to find a local vaccination provider through the new national vaccination information and location service.
“Appointments on the service finder will increase as general practices establish their systems and vaccine supply,” he said.
“More appointments will become available as more clinics come on-board.
“People will still be able to book their vaccine appointments directly at a participating general practice – as they do now, for instance, to get a seasonal flu vaccine.”
INITIAL COVID-19 VACCINE GP CLINICS:
Edmonton Family Medical Centre | 9/11 Stokes St, Edmonton QLD 4869 | 07 4055 4556
The Family Doctors Cairns | 39 Pease St, Manoora QLD 4870 | 07 4053 2482
Toogood Road Family Medical Centre | 28 Toogood Rd, Woree QLD 4868 | 07 4255 5400
The Doctors Mulgrave Road Medical Centre | 318 Mulgrave Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870 | 07 4044 0444
Cairns West Medical Centre | 6/114 Hoare St, Manunda QLD 4870 | 1800 343 233
Smithfield Central Doctors | 7-11 Mount Milman Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878 | 07 4037 9333
Barrier Reef Medical Centre | 356 McLeod St, Cairns North QLD 4870 | 07 4051 6299
Trinity GP’s | Shop 12c and, Shop 12b/64 Smithfield Village Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878 | 07 4057 9274
Mount Sheridan Medical Practice | 6/8 George Cannon Dr, Mount Sheridan QLD 4868 | 07 4036 4333
Mountain View Medical Centre I 4 Front St, Mossman QLD 4873 I 07 4098 1711
Wuchopperen Respiratory Clinic I 6 Moingard St, Manoora QLD 4870 I 07 4080 1068
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Where do I go and how do I book in?
Go to www.health.gov.au
Using the Eligibility Checker, you can find out which phase of the rollout you are in.
If you are eligible, you will be able to view vaccination clinics and book an appointment online or via phone.
If you are not yet eligible, you will be able to register your interest so that you can be notified when you are able to book.
If you prefer not to use the online option, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.
Will I be able to choose where I can book?
You will be able to view and select clinic locations based on the postcode you enter.
What happens if there are no clinics or appointments in my area?
A list of Commonwealth vaccination clinics, participating General Practices, and state and territory vaccination clinics will be made available as they come online.
Do I have to use the Eligibility Checker to book?
The checker is a helpful tool to help you find out if you are currently eligible to book.
The checker will guide you through to a simple way to find and book vaccine appointments, or help you register to be notified if you are part of a later phase.
If you prefer to book appointments directly at a participating general practice or Commonwealth state vaccination clinic, you can contact them directly to do so.