Congratulations for Georges River Council's vaccination hubs after 6,000 get the jab since August 6

Bill Stamatelatos, 47 of Mortdale, who walked in to receive his first AZ jab at the new clinic at the Marana Auditorium at Hurstville earlier this month.
Bill Stamatelatos, 47 of Mortdale, who walked in to receive his first AZ jab at the new clinic at the Marana Auditorium at Hurstville earlier this month.

Georges River Council has sent a "huge congratulations" to everyone involved in vaccinating almost 6,000 local residents between August 6 and 23 at the council's two vaccination clinics.

The council has establishedes five testing clinics in the local government area as well as the walk-in Astra Zeneca Vaccination Clinic at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre (opened August 6) and the by appointment Pfizer Vaccination Clinic at Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre (opened August 17).

"NSW Health is currently satisfied with the number of facilities and their surge capability to serve our population," a council report said.

Council officers assisted with both the installation and operation of the clinics, providing venue management and assisting with queues. Council also provided two interpreters to aid the Culturally and Llinguistically Diverse communities attending the vaccination clinic.

In a Notice of Motion put forward at this week's meeting of Georges River Council, Cr Sandy Grekas moved that Council congratulate and acknowledge Council officers, the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Police Local Area Command, Sonic Healthcare and St John Ambulance following the successful establishment of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics and Testing Hubs.

"The two vaccination hubs have been incredibly successful and deserve to be acknowledged," Cr Grekas said.

"Our staff who have been redeployed and who have helped, particularly with translation services, really should have a spotlight on them because they have done an incredible public service," she said.

"In terms of numbers, as of yesterday (Sunday, August 22) 4,116 (people have been vaccinated) at both the AstraZeneca hub at Marana Auditorium and the Pfizer hub by Sonic Healthcare.

"The estimated numbers at close of business today (Monday, August 23) is approximately 5,900 of our fellow residents in a high risk area who are turning out to get vaccinated.

"It's a perfect case study of not only a successful partnership with council and NSW Health but it shows that people will turn out if we make it easy and we make it local.

"So I would not only acknowledge the councillor officers, NSW Health, etc, but really congratulate everyone who has done the right thing and that is turning up to get their jabs.

"As we know, this is going to be the only thing to get us out of this lockdown so thank you so much and a huge congratulations to everyone involved in vaccinating close to 6000 of our fellow residents."

Georges River mayor, Kevin Greene also acknowledged the participation of local doctors and pharmacies in the vaccination program.