COVID-19 testing and booster availability

The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) continues to work with the region’s general practices, pharmacies and general practice respiratory clinics to support the timely delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing capacity. 

General practice respiratory clinics are now open and available for testing and can be located in Gundagai at the Gundagai Medical Centre, 95 Sheridan Street.

To date general practices have delivered over 239,000 doses across the Murrumbidgee region.  

“Over the Christmas and New Year period a number of general practices closed to enable a much-needed break. Our understanding is these clinics are mostly up and running again, with a small number set to reopen in the coming week,” a MPHN spokesperson said.

MPHN said it is also working with residential aged care facilities to ensure residents receive timely access to booster vaccinations which are being delivered by general practices and the Commonwealth appointed vaccination provider.

“We continue to encourage community members who are eligible for a booster vaccine to acquire a booking with their local participating general practice, pharmacy or commonwealth or state run vaccination hub (by visiting https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/),” the spokesperson said.

“With regards to Rapid Antigen Test supply, we are aware that the current RAT shortages are affecting access to tests for both consumers and healthcare workers. MPHN do not have access to RATs however we are working closely with pathology providers and the local health district to identify solutions for accessing timely testing especially for our critical primary care workforce. 

“We continue to advocate to the Commonwealth for improved access to rapid antigen testing. 

“MPHN is aware that the free Rapid Antigen Testing and Concessional Access Program is being made available through community pharmacies from January 24 and is also providing advice to NSW Health on the rollout of RATs for vulnerable populations as announced on January 9.”

Given the significant increase in COVID positive cases across the whole region, MPHN is working to ensure all general practices across the Murrumbidgee region are supported to provide care for their communities.

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