After 10 months supporting the West Moreton community, the Ipswich CBD COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic will close on 4 June 2022.
Free COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be available at primary care providers, including many GP clinics and pharmacies.
The Nicholas Street Precinct site has operated as a vaccination clinic since July 2021, in addition to being the base for the mobile clinics held at community sites, schools and correctional centres.
West Moreton residents have received over 260,000 vaccinations throughout the COVID-19 vaccination program that began in early 2021, with 116,000 people vaccinated from the Nicholas Street site. A dedicated booking hotline for the clinic was also set up to help residents who may have struggled with other booking options.
West Moreton Health Acting COVID-19 Executive Lead Claire Barratt said the clinic had been a vital part of the region’s COVID-19 response.
“At its peak, our dedicated staff delivered more than 1000 vaccinations a day to eligible people in the community, providing the best possible protection against COVID-19,” Mrs Barratt said.
Mrs Barratt said the success of the clinic demonstrated how health services could quickly respond to emerging situations and was prepared for future outbreaks.
“The teams working at the Ipswich CBD COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic have shown an unwavering commitment to the community we serve and to each other.”
“Every West Moreton Health staff member has been called upon to respond to the COVID-19 response in some way and I thank each and every one of them, along with members of the community who are protecting each other through vaccination and other measures.”
The Ipswich CBD COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic was established in the former Harvey Norman site with the support of Ipswich City Council and the Ipswich Hospital Foundation. It was made possible through the significant set-up and staging of staff, equipment, security and ongoing logistics needs.
“It’s incredible to consider how this site was rapidly set up, including the sourcing and movement of specialist equipment, rescheduling of appointments, changes to rostering, staff redeployments and the creation of new processes,” Mrs Barratt said.
Mrs Barratt said the health service transformation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was inspiring.
“Who would have thought that what has been achieved in the past two years to keep the community and our staff safe was possible,” Mrs Barratt said.
“Our planning continues to be boosted by the unwavering support of local governments and primary healthcare partners, who walk alongside us in meeting the community's healthcare needs. Together, we have faced down each challenge.”
Vaccination continues to be the best protection against becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and it is essential that residents remain up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters.
Whether you are yet to receive your first, second or booster shot, there is still time to visit the Ipswich CBD COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic to get vaccinated.
“The closure of the clinic allows us to return staff to their main roles, and direct resources to where they are needed for our most unwell patients,” Mrs Barratt said.
Ipswich CBD COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic
- The clinic, located at the Nicholas Street Precinct, is open 9 am - 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
- The clinic is closed on Friday 13 May due to the Ipswich Show Holiday.
- The final day for vaccinations is 4 June 2022.
- COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 are available at this location without a booking and walk-ins are welcome for all ages.
- Anyone 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Need to get COVID-19 tested? Find out more here.
Residents can find their nearest vaccination location here.