Cross-border agreement delivers vaccines for Southern NSW

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Cross-border agreement delivers vaccines for  Southern NSW

August 20, 2021

More than 800 residents from the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) will have their ACT COVID-19 vaccination appointment moved to a NSW clinic as part of a new agreement between the NSW and ACT Governments.

NSW residents who live in the ACT’s surrounding region in specific postcodes are permitted to enter the ACT to receive their vaccination, provided they have not recently travelled to any other COVID-19 affected area. Residents outside of the approved postcodes, including those in Braidwood, Goulburn or Cooma, are not permitted to enter the ACT to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at this time.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro welcomed the news that will see vaccination rates increase in southern NSW.

“A number of individuals in my electorate reached out to me after having their appointments cancelled in the ACT,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Today’s agreement will come as huge relief to the many who were unsure about when or where they could get their COVID-19 vaccination.

“On behalf of the community, I’d like to thank our NSW Cross-Border Commissioner James McTavish and his team for all their hard work over past few days to ensure that people can still receive their vaccinations in our region.”

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said vaccination will play a vital role in ensuring our communities return to a level of normal.

“I thank the ACT Government for releasing the vaccinations for this to be enabled. It is a great outcome for those who need their second vaccinations urgently,” Ms Tuckerman said.

Anyone who lives in SNSWLHD and has a first or second Pfizer vaccination booked between 20 August and 2 September will have their appointment cancelled by text message from ACT Health.

ACT Health will send the allocated vaccines to SNSWLHD to guarantee supply. SNSWLHD is expanding its vaccination workforce to provide extra appointments.

Southern NSW Local Health District will start re-booking cancelled appointments from Monday 23 August. Those affected do not need to do anything, they will be contacted by phone.

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