Local health authorities are turning their attention to next month’s much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine rollout.
The Territory Government on Wednesday committing $19 million to the rollout as part of a larger spend on the health sector.
More than $63 million dollars in additional funding for the local sector will be made available in next month’s Territory budget.
ACT Health Minister, Rachael Stephen-Smith said a majority of the funding, $39 million dollars, will be used to continue the Territory’s current response to the ongoing pandemic.
“The pandemic is not over and our response to it will continue on for at least the rest of this year.”
“This is about ensuring that our health emergency control centre has the resources it needs to continue that response.”
Upgrades to Building 10 at the Canberra Hospital campus have also received a boost with more than $16 million to be spent on urgent electrical services.
Home to ACT Pathology, the works on the building will help boost covid testing capacity in Canberra ensuring the availability of back-up pathology equipment in the event of a blackout.
Calvary’s Public Hospital in Bruce is also inline for a funding boost, the Government allocating $6.5 million dollars for the hospital to keep up with growing demand for services from northside residents.