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22 October, 2021

Centacare vaccinates

Late last week the Centacare FNQ McCormack Street location was transformed into a Vaccination Centre, with QLD Health nurses offering first and second doses of Pfizer for all members of the community with special encouragement of migrant communities to come to a safe and trusted environment they are comfortable with.

By Peter McCullagh

Centacare FNQ and QLD Health offered this initiative as a local response to the call of Yvette D’Ath, QLD Health Minister for QLD residents to get themselves protected over the next five to six weeks, and to help the whole community and allow ease of restrictions and open borders by Christmas. 

“This again is an example of local collaborations that provide targeted support. Turning Centacare FNQs McCormack Street hub, into a Vaccination Centre provides a safe, easily accessible vaccination opportunity for diverse communities across the region to respond to the Health Minister’s direction to get protected before Christmas.

“We will be holding a sausage sizzle and as always welcome our local community to join us.”  Centacare Executive Director Anita Veivers said.

140 vaccinations were delivered during the two-day vaccination program.

The program was a collaboration between the Centacare and Cairns Hinterland Hospital Health Service teams. The program was hailed as a success, not just from a numbers perspective, but the opportunity to create genuine community engagement and connect with a broad multicultural community in a comfortable, supportive and trusting manner.

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