Mobile vaccination clinic coming to Esk

West Moreton Health is bringing its COVID-19 vaccination program to Esk.

West Moreton Health will be setting up a temporary mobile vaccination clinic in Esk to improve the level of access to COVID-19 vaccinations in rural and remote communities within the West Moreton region. 

At the temporary mobile clinic, only Somerset Regional Council residents will be vaccinated, and people must produce proof of residence before their appointment can proceed.

West Moreton Health Chief Operating Officer Matthew Tallis said the health service was working closely with Somerset Regional Council to set up the mobile vaccination clinic.

“We want to give every West Moreton resident who wants to be vaccinated the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Mr Tallis said.

West Moreton Health Chief Executive Dr Kerrie Freeman said the expanding vaccination rollout was a significant logistical feat, supported through close partnerships between health services, Primary Health Networks, GPs, pharmacies and community leaders across the country.

“I would like to thank Mayor Graeme Lehmann for helping ensure Somerset residents can access the vaccination in Esk and expand on the existing vaccination service provided by the local pharmacy,” Dr Freeman said.

The temporary mobile vaccination clinic will be at the Somerset Civic Centre from Tuesday 31 August 2021 until Saturday 4 September. The clinic will return to Esk to provide second doses.

In areas with reduced primary care provision, such as Esk, vaccines will be offered to everyone over the age of 16 in line with Queensland’s whole-of-community vaccination approach for rural and remote communities. 

Bookings are strongly recommended. Each day of clinic operation, only the required amount of vaccine will be transported to the location, limiting capacity for walk-ins.

Bookings can be made by emailing the Esk temporary mobile vaccination clinic on WM-EskCOVIDvaccination@health.qld.gov.au.

West Moreton Health is working with council libraries to make the booking process easier for people who are unable to book online. If this is you, please visit your local library and ask for assistance with the COVID-19 vaccination booking process.

Residents outside the Somerset Regional Council area who are ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at the temporary mobile clinic are encouraged to make an appointment with a local GP or pharmacy for a vaccination.

What to bring to your vaccination appointment

You should wear a short-sleeve shirt and bring the following along to your vaccination appointment: 

  • booking confirmation
  • Vaccination Record Card (if you’ve received your first dose already)
  • Medicare card
  • photo ID (preferably a driver’s licence) 
  • proof of address (e.g. driver’s licence, council rates notice, utility bill or a letter from your landlord or employer)
  • information about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking
  • information about any vaccines you’ve had in the past 7 days or any previous COVID-19 vaccines you’ve had including the brand and date it was administered. 

For more information, phone 134 COVID (134 268).

Fast facts

  • The vaccine provided at the Esk mobile clinic is the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are necessary to obtain full protection against the virus.  
  • Pfizer doses are recommended to be 3–6 weeks apart. 
  • If you do not receive your second dose within the above timeframe, there is no cause for concern. You will still be afforded excellent protection against severe COVID-19 infection and you do not need to start the vaccination regimen again.
  • You must allow 7 days between your COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccination. 
  • You cannot be vaccinated if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, runny nose, tiredness, headaches, loss of smell or difficulty breathing, nausea or diarrhoea. 
  • If you are in quarantine or in isolation awaiting a COVID-19 test result, you cannot leave quarantine or isolation to have your COVID-19 vaccination. You will need to reschedule your appointment through the vaccination booking system or by calling 134 COVID (134 268).
  • It is important to continue protecting yourself and others. You must continue to wash your hands often, practice physical distancing, stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • FAQs are frequently updated on the Queensland Health website.