Look inside the ACT’s new Pfizer vaccination hub

Dominic Giannini 28 June 2021 73
Felicity Manson and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at Canberra Airport precinct COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic

Felicity Manson, clinical nurse manager, and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the Canberra Airport precinct COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT’s second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic, at the Canberra Airport precinct, is already booked out until the end of July 2021.

The clinic, located at 30 Nomad Drive in Pialligo, opens today (Tuesday, 29 June) and Canberrans have already booked thousands of appointments. The new hub will administer 1500 Pfizer jabs each week until the vaccine supply increases.

The clinic will then have the capacity to administer 3000 doses a week when second doses become due, three weeks after people receive their first Pfizer shot.

Initially, three rooms will be used to vaccinate people, with the second half of the building available as supply expands.

Treatment room at Canberra Airport precinct COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic

A treatment room at the Canberra Airport precinct COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The clinic will be staffed with 12 nurses a day before increasing to 25, with an additional administration team.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it is the government’s aim to vaccinate the ACT population as fast as possible.

“The statistics are very good in terms of vaccine take up in the ACT,” he said.

Almost 155,000 jabs had been administered in the ACT as of 26 June. Just under 10 per cent of the Territory’s population above the age of 16 were fully vaccinated as of 24 June.

Canberra Health Services’ chief operations officer, Cathie O’Neill, is very proud of Canberrans for taking up the COVID-19 vaccine.

“[People] have been coming out in droves to get vaccinated,” she said. “We have not had to do any significant marketing for our appointments, which is great.

“We have been keen to expand as soon as we can get additional supply. We always knew we would have a trajectory of increasing the requirement for both staff and for facilities.”

Canberra Health Services’ chief operations officer, Cathie O’Neill

Canberra Health Services’ chief operations officer, Cathie O’Neill, is pleased with the take-up of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canberra. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

While people trying to get a Pfizer vaccine will have to book more than a month in advance at the ACT’s two Pfizer hubs, appointments remain available at the ACT’s AstraZeneca hub at Calvary Hospital and at around 70 GPs across Canberra for people above the age of 60.

Commonwealth data released last week revealed the ACT’s Pfizer allocation will almost double in July and August to between 17,000 and 19,000 doses per week. This will increase to between 34,000 and 50,000 doses per week around October and December.

AstraZeneca doses will be phased out by the end of the year and will only be available upon request as a supply of the Moderna vaccine comes through, with the ACT receiving 1000 to 2000 doses a week from September.

This will then increase to between 7000 and 10,000 Moderna doses per week from October.

For the latest COVID-19 advice and information, visit ACT Health.


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The airport Pfizer hub will be open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

People can book their appointments online using the ACT Government booking system MyDHR, or by calling the ACT Government vaccination booking line on 02 5124 7700, between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm daily.

People can request a call back and will not lose their place in the queue.

The clinic is located 650 metres from the Canberra Airport terminal, via George Tyson Drive. Onsite parking is available.

A trial shuttle bus service will operate daily, and will initially operate every 15 minutes between 7:50 am and 4:00 pm to connect with Transport Canberra buses at the airport terminal, which is serviced by the Rapid 3 bus.


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73 Responses to Look inside the ACT’s new Pfizer vaccination hub
Robbie Hart Robbie Hart 4:25 pm 30 Jun 21

MyDHR was useless, logged in, then it went offline. Easier to book over phone, early in the morning. Airport site only just opened up. Good luck finding an appt)pointment! ?

whatwik whatwik 7:52 pm 29 Jun 21

“If we had rampant COVID in the whole of Australia, the risk-benefit analysis would be in favour of AstraZeneca for all age groups, because we would be preventing many, many deaths and it would be far greater than the risk of this syndrome TTS,” she said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-29/garry-recovering-from-blood-clots-linked-to-astrazeneca/100252574

Julie Trinder Julie Trinder 7:32 pm 29 Jun 21

Avoid at all costs

Sharen Petrovsky Sharen Petrovsky 7:19 pm 29 Jun 21

Hmm lack of supply

Nardia Kerin Nardia Kerin 6:33 pm 29 Jun 21

I had issues with the online platform as well. It was because the last digit on my Medicare card was different to the last card used at ACT facility ie the last number on the card is the number of the card issued. My previous card last time I used an ACT health facility was 8 however my current card was 9 so therefore wouldn't recognise me.

realist realist 5:57 pm 29 Jun 21

I have tried to sign up to the MyDHR site twice and I have not been successful. Seems like another typical ACT Govt stuff up. If I can’t book in on line I will not bother. I do not intend waiting on the phone for 2 hours to make an appointment, I have better things to do.

    JC JC 6:09 pm 29 Jun 21

    You don’t need to wait on the phone. It has a callback service that works.

    As for the site it has been made clear that you have to have used an ACT government medical service with your current medicare card to work. In otherwords they need to know who you are. Hardly a stuff up.

    And one other thing when entering your medicare number read the instructions very carefully.

Futureproof Futureproof 4:45 pm 29 Jun 21

The government wants everyone to be vaccinated. Fair enough, but I can’t get Pfizer due to my age. Seems to be plenty of it, but not for my age group (over 60). It’s AZ or nothing and that’s why people like me are not vaccinated

    JC JC 6:10 pm 29 Jun 21

    What gives you the idea there is plenty of Pfizer? Lack of supply is the CORE issue. There just isn’t enough as the government backed the wrong horse. Firstly the Uni of QLD vaccine that never made it past tested, with AZ as the backup, then AZ as main if Pfizer as backup.

Kengland Kengland 4:40 pm 29 Jun 21

John Moulis you are right. Why are they giving the AZ to elderly people? AZ, which only has a 64% efficacy compared to 94% with Pfizer or Moderna, may not stop you getting Covid, nor if you get it, will it stop the effects of Covid called Long Covid. But hey, what does it matter if the elderly get the equivalent of dementia or problems with lungs, heart, kidneys, liver etc. They are not going to live all that long anyway, right!! I mean, for the Govt. it’s a win-win as there are too many elderly people anyway – right?

John Moulis John Moulis 3:47 pm 29 Jun 21

It’s a pity that you are not allowed inside that room to get vaccinated if you are over 60. I miss out by two years. I’m like the kid with his nose pressed up against the window of the tart shop with his parents saying “no Johnny, you can’t go in”.

They can’t keep this farce up for ever. Sooner or later they will have to allow the over 60s to have the Pfizer vaccine otherwise there will be a whole army of people in this country who are unvaccinated, thus making the aim of herd immunity unreachable.

Henry Kivimaki Henry Kivimaki 1:29 pm 29 Jun 21

There are so many having adverse effects...another 20 died in Australia last week(reported).. I know someone who's has half of his face paralysed!!! There will have to be huge lawsuits against all these ministers etc and hopefully very lengthy sentences for their part in this Mengel inspired experiment. Not happy.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 1:33 pm 29 Jun 21

    Henry Kivimaki the TGA actually reported they died FROM the vaccine did they?

    Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell 3:41 pm 29 Jun 21

    Emma Wright if you know someone that works in a medical centre you should see if they can show you a copy that is sent to them weekly it might open your eyes a little. It's quite surprising what we are not told the full story.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 3:52 pm 29 Jun 21

    Colin Mitchell I actually know someone who is part of the adverse event reporting team. I know there’s only 2 deaths that are confirmed as due to the vaccine.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 4:03 pm 29 Jun 21

    Colin Mitchell you should probably look at the adverse reactions and side effects reported for all other medications and vaccines while you’re trying to fear monger too!

    Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell 4:46 pm 29 Jun 21

    Emma Wright no fear monging it was an interesting read couldn't believe what I seen on paper from the health department.

    Henry Kivimaki Henry Kivimaki 4:59 pm 29 Jun 21

    Emma Wright there is weekly count for adverse affects (over 30000 now) and the weekly death count above the stat chart in the smaller font.... The latest update was the 24th I believe.

    Christine Evans Christine Evans 6:46 pm 29 Jun 21

    Henry Kivimaki Sounds like you are referring to VAERS. The database that anyone can go in to and say anything they like about any medication. My particular favorite in the person who reported turning in to The Hulk as a reaction to a vaccine. Anti vaxxers proudly boast of adding thousands of fake claims to it. The health experts will check all entries but even when the information is found to be false it is still left in the database.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 7:22 pm 29 Jun 21

    Show where is this data?

    Henry Kivimaki Henry Kivimaki 7:33 pm 29 Jun 21

    Christine Evans So, the vaccinologist who invented mrna vaccine technology and many other vaccinologists, doctors etc have called for the cessation of this toxin...???... but you keep referring to anyone that has their own mind intact a "conspiracy theorist" and everyone who questions this agenda an "antivaxxer.. ?? ....

    Christine Evans Christine Evans 7:40 pm 29 Jun 21

    Henry Kivimaki And the citations for your claims are?

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 7:50 pm 29 Jun 21

    Henry Kivimaki where’s the source of these claims? Please use the original source not an unreliable website.

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 6:33 am 30 Jun 21

    Emma Wright they can’t back up their claims, as there isn’t any actual proof with verifiable data.

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 6:37 am 30 Jun 21

    Gerasimo Krikoni you’re showing your lack of intelligence using the debunked Clive Palmer covid rubbish, it shows a lot about your ability to actually research data, you have none.

Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 12:08 pm 29 Jun 21

Ivermectin is the drug if worried. No brain clots and proven

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 1:03 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls actually it’s not proven, the first actual study has only just started, and it’s as a treatment once you have Covid, not as a Defence against covid.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 1:21 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/covid-19-treatments

    Henry Kivimaki Henry Kivimaki 1:33 pm 29 Jun 21

    Marc Edwards A study sponsored by AZ & Pfiz ...?

    Henry Kivimaki Henry Kivimaki 1:34 pm 29 Jun 21

    Emma Wright You never go to the the perpetrators for the cure. 🤷‍♂️

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 1:35 pm 29 Jun 21

    Henry Kivimaki I have no idea, but the UK dept of Health and Oxford University are running the trial

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 1:37 pm 29 Jun 21

    Henry Kivimaki ok you keep believing your uneducated views.

    Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 2:15 pm 29 Jun 21

    Emma Wright https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-18/wa-aged-care-nurses-threaten-to-quit-over-mandatory-covid-jab/100226312

    Why does a third of the nurses say no to taking a job and would rather quit their work I think they might know something you don't.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 2:42 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls nope they’re just selfish and clearly in the wrong profession.

    Emma Wright Emma Wright 2:43 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls a little screen shot from goodness knows where doesn’t not equal scientific facts! I get it you’re too scared to have a vaccine. Just admit it.

    Matthew Beale Matthew Beale 2:48 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls can you provide a link to any of these studies?

    Or are you merely going off the data you hsve not personally verified?

    Melissa Helmers Melissa Helmers 4:19 pm 29 Jun 21

    Marc Edwards I find it hilarious that anti-covid vaxxers are pushing ivermectin but rejecting actual vaccines as "experimental" , when ivermectin had not been tested in relation to Covid19 or Peer reviewed. Which one is experimental now?

    Brent Hutch Brent Hutch 4:49 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls

    I raise your 1/3 of nurses from a state v the 96% of doctors from a country https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2021/06/11/ama-96-of-doctors-are-vaccinated-against-covid-19/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 7:50 pm 29 Jun 21

    35 years and also helped River blindness, let's face it this is the biggest trial in the Australian history and if you have life insurance you will not be covered if you take the Covid jab, Melissa Helmers

    Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 7:55 pm 29 Jun 21

    Brent Hutch so you take the Covid jab twice! and you still get it! that's the smartest move I've ever heard of🤣🤣https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159446900074485&id=816009484

    Brent Hutch Brent Hutch 7:59 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls mate, nah I got my covid vaccination for the improved 5G performance and tracking capabilities.

Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 12:07 pm 29 Jun 21

Don't take it. No deaths in Australia from covid besides one male from India returning home.

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 12:56 pm 29 Jun 21

    Samuel Nicholls that’s rubbish, there is literally 910 recorded deaths from Covid. Maybe keep your Google opinions to yourself.

Jim Hatton Jim Hatton 11:16 am 29 Jun 21

Is this age restricted?

Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 10:26 am 29 Jun 21

It would be helpful if they had a separate phone line to take technical questions about booking online. I’ve been on hold for more than two hours now (after two hours on hold yesterday before giving up) because the online booking system won’t accept my Medicare number. The only number to call is the same number as booking for a vaccination.

    Astrid Smith Astrid Smith 10:30 am 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo and they wonder why people are not getting immediately vaccinated.

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 10:33 am 29 Jun 21

    Astrid who knows when I’ll actually get an appointment now compared to if I’d just been able to book online yesterday. Almost 2 and half hours now, and still only at 5th in the queue.

    Astrid Smith Astrid Smith 10:39 am 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo perseverance is all I can suggest. 5th in the cue awesome. Keep holding on. When I phoned last month I was about 140 in the queue.

    Sarah White Sarah White 10:43 am 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo I rang that number to sort out Medicare card issue for my husband. Not sure if it still works

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 10:43 am 29 Jun 21

    Astrid Smith And yet they are booked out ... so I am not quite sure who you think is wondering ....

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 10:44 am 29 Jun 21

    Sarah 🤦‍♀️ thank you. I wish I’d seen this 2 hours ago. I’ve invested too much time now 😝

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 10:49 am 29 Jun 21

    Sarah thanks, after still being 5th in the queue after 20 minutes, I’ve given up and will try this number instead.

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 10:55 am 29 Jun 21

    Sarah still no luck, so I’m back in the booking queue 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

    Kelly Almeida Kelly Almeida 11:07 am 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo I was able to leave a message on that number and they called me back in 30 minutes and sorted the Medicare issue out straight away

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 11:09 am 29 Jun 21

    Kelly the tech guy I spoke to said he couldn’t help me 🤷‍♀️

    Astrid Smith Astrid Smith 11:24 am 29 Jun 21

    Kytie Mclign an aged care worker who only got her first dose 2 weeks ago who waited since March to get it

    Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 12:09 pm 29 Jun 21

    Don't be like sheep to The Slaughterhouse and listen to the brainwashing.

    Mellissa Craft Mellissa Craft 12:16 pm 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo there is a specific answer to the Medicare card issue in the website - I had an issue and this helped me 🙂

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 12:18 pm 29 Jun 21

    Mellissa thanks, but that didn’t work for me 😫

    Sher Bee Sher Bee 12:28 pm 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo I thought they offered a call back option

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 12:30 pm 29 Jun 21

    Sherbie I tried that yesterday and didn’t have any luck.

    However while I’ve been on hold this morning someone called me back, but I missed it because I was in the queue.

    Sher Bee Sher Bee 1:32 pm 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo thank you for persisting

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 1:33 pm 29 Jun 21

    Sherbie I’ve been first in the queue for an hour now 😫🤦‍♀️ This is not fun.

    Sara Prietto Sara Prietto 4:02 pm 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo I did the call back service ("94th in the queue") and they didn't call back that day, and then, the NEXT day, while I was wondering if I needed to call again to put myself in the queue, they called me back from the day before. So, its worth using the call back service and trusting that they will call. Its just that they are getting completely smashed with calls, which, I see as a good thing, because it means Canberrans are keen to get vaccinated. Good luck!

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 4:09 pm 29 Jun 21

    Josh I won’t tell you how long I ended up waiting before giving up then 🤦‍♀️

    Ness Draillal Ness Draillal 6:51 pm 29 Jun 21

    Jasper Roo the issue with Medicare card for online booking gets everyone - you have to include the whole number PLUS the number you are on the card eg if you are 2nd listed on card then put number 2 .

    This info is on the website just hard to find

    Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 6:58 pm 29 Jun 21

    Ness I did that. For reasons completely unknown though, I wasn’t in the ACT system 🤷‍♀️

    Ness Draillal Ness Draillal 8:05 pm 29 Jun 21

    Jasper more mystery around ICT systems and this stupid virus and vaccine then - sorry I was zero help lol

    Donna Burns Donna Burns 8:40 pm 30 Jun 21

    Sarah White the call back service works too, I got a call back today!

Acton Acton 9:08 am 29 Jun 21

Australia has one of the world’s lowest vaccination rates, 4.4% compared to a world average of 10% with the US and UK over 40%. Our vaccine reluctance is largely due to a low confidence in medical advice and the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was recommended for all, then for just over 50s, then for over 60s and from yesterday under 40s. What will the advice be tomorrow, or are they just trying to get rid of an over supply of unwanted, less efficious, clot causing AZ? The biggest clots are senior government health officials pretending to know what they are doing.

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