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COVID Clinic

Get vaccinated to protect our community

COVID-19 alert

With a number of active cases of COVID-19 in the region, we need to remain vigilant in responding as a community to minimise spread, and ensure infections are detected and contained quickly.

The delta and omicron strains are very infectious. They can spread easily and rapidly before someone even knows they have it.

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COVID testing clinic

Victoria’s testing rules have recently changed. It is still important to get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been informed you are a contact of someone with COVID-19.

Read the COVID Checklist to work out what to do if you test positive and need to report your result, or have been told you are a contact.

To get tested, everyone’s first option should now be to use a rapid antigen test.

If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and can’t access a rapid antigen test, you can get a PCR test.

You can do this at our drive-through clinic on Florence Lane if you pre-register and make an appointment (see details below).

Our testing clinic is open from 9.00 am to 12 noon, Monday to Saturday. Enter and exit via Nightingale Street.

Operating hours may vary as activity is scaled up or down based on community demand. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for changes.

STATUS UPDATE – January 2022

Our COVID-19 testing clinic is currently at capacity and we urge the community to only book in for a PCR test if you need it in line with testing guidelines.

If you have symptoms and can’t get access to a test straight away, it’s very important that you stay at home and isolate until you can.

If you can’t get an appointment in Maryborough, please don’t go to your GP or present to the Urgent Care Centre. Testing is available a short drive away in Bendigo and Ballarat.

To find your closest clinic visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19, then follow the links to complete a Testing Registration Form.

How to make an appointment

We have introduced a two-step process to streamline bookings and help save time at the drive-through testing site.

You must be in a vehicle to be tested. Please let the team know if you need any special assistance at the time of booking.

Don’t forget to bring your Medicare card and mobile phone to your appointment for easy check-in and registration.

It is important you arrive at your appointment on time to keep things running smoothly.

Tips for drive-through testing

  • Drive slowly as you enter and exit
  • Look out for pedestrians, clinical staff or other traffic, including ambulances.
  • Remain in your car while in the queue
  • Be careful not to obstruct access to the ambulance station or block drive-ways
  • Wait until you receive notification from a staff member
  • Drive to the testing area/marquee
  • Turn your engine off and place the car in park
  • Leave your face mask on until you are instructed to remove it for the test
  • Return home immediately after your test
  • Stay at home and isolate yourself until you receive your results.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Thank you to everyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine and helped our community reach the 95 % double dose target. Fin out more about the vaccine availability and where to get vaccinated.

We have temporarily reopened the Community Vaccination Hub to support GPs and pharmacists in administering the third dose to adults.

Eligibility

The vaccine is delivered according to the Victorian Government’s Department of Health recommendations.
AstraZeneca is available to those aged 18 and over.
Pfizer is available to those aged 12 and over.
Moderna is available to those aged 12 and over.

Children

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years.  This vaccination program is scheduled to start on Monday 10 January 2022.

Boosters – third dose

A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for anyone aged 18 and over, who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than four or more months ago. A COVID-19 booster dose will help prevent loss of immunity against COVID-19.

Pfizer and Moderna are approved for use as booster vaccines and are considered equally acceptable.

If you are severely immunocompromised a booster is recommended 2 to 4 months after your 2nd dose. Read the recommendations.

To find out more information on which vaccine or booster you can receive visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Where to get vaccinated

Community Vaccination Hub

We will reopen the Community Vaccination Hub on Burns Street from Wednesday 12 January to support the continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination program, in partnership with Central Goldfields Shire Council.

The clinic will open for third dose bookings for people aged 18 years and over, and who received their second dose at least four months ago. Nurses at the clinic will administer the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) only.

Opening hours are 9.00am to 3.30pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only. No walk-ins. Contact 5461 0300 between 8.30am and 5.00pm on Monday to Friday to make an appointment.

The clinic is located at 48 Burns Street Maryborough. It is located inside the Central Goldfields Shire Community Hub at the Railway Station Precinct, just near the Old Technical College. Parking is available nearby at the station precinct.

To book in for your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine contact your local GP, pharmacy or larger state-run centres such as Ballarat Health Service or Bendigo Health. Some pharmacies and state-run centres also provide walk-ins.

Do not attend the Community Vaccination Hub if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Community forum COVID-19 update

With a number of active COVID-19 cases in the community, Maryborough District Health Service is urging all community members to stay COVIDSafe and get vaccinated if they can, to protect children and vulnerable members of the community. We hosted an online information session on Thursday 4 November 2021 to keep the community informed of the current situation and answer any questions you might have.

The forum included an update and discussion from the following speakers:

  • Nickola Allan, CEO, Maryborough District Health Service
  • Meagan Thomas, Current Operations Lead, Grampians Public Health Unit
  • Dr Aaron Bloch, Medical lead, Grampians Public Health Unit
  • David Sutton, Principal, Maryborough Education Centre

View the forum below or watch the broadcast and share via the Maryborough District Health Service Facebook page.