40,000 Canberrans aged 50 to 69 are now eligible to receive their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine as part of the commencing Phase 2A of Australia’s vaccine rollout on Monday.

It comes as the Territory Government also opens its second vaccination hub with the Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce to begin offering AstraZeneca vaccines to eligible locals.

The Garran COVID-19 Mass Vaccination clinic will continue to administer the Pfizer vaccine to people under 50 who are eligible under phase 1A and 1B.

ACT Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the expansion of eligibility for ACT Government vaccination clinics provide Canberrans with more options to access the vaccine.

“The Calvary Public Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will supplement the Commonwealth Government’s AstraZeneca program, being delivered through general practices in the ACT.

“People who are 50 years or over are encouraged to contact a participating GP or Commonwealth funded GP respiratory clinics or to book an appointment at the Calvary COVID-19 Vaccination clinic.”

“Most GPs will start providing vaccinations for people aged 50-69 from 17 May, while the respiratory clinics and Calvary vaccination clinic will offer appointments from 3 May.”

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President of the ACT Australian Medical Association, Dr Antonio Di Dio is encouraging those who are eligible to book in for their appointment.

“Talk to your GP and make sure that you qualify and that you don’t have any contraindications and if you don’t, for heavens sake, please get the vaccine.”

“herd immunity is the most crucial factor in protecting people and the way we look at vaccinations programs across the country and the world is that we get these vaccinations to protect ourselves but it’s just as important to protect each other.”

The new Calvary Clinic will operate between 8am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday, with a capacity to deliver 600-800 doses a week.

Visit the Government’s online Checker to find out if you’re eligible for the vaccine and where to book your appointment.