VAX THE NATION

The Moderna vaccine will be available in Upper Hunter pharmacies from next week with one case of COVID-19 identified in Muswellbrook today

Several pharmacies across the Upper Hunter will begin receiving shipments of the Moderna vaccine from next week as Australia's vaccination campaign enters a new phase.

Hunter New England (HNE) Health authorities are continuing to urge residents to come forward for vaccinations as 38 cases were announced in the HNE region today.

The cases include one identified in the Muswellbrook local government area, however this case is a household contact of three cases identified earlier in the week and a spokesperson for HNE Health said there is minimal risk to the community.

VACCINE ROLLOUT: The Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine will be available in Upper Hunter pharmacies from next week for people aged between 12 and 59

VACCINE ROLLOUT: The Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine will be available in Upper Hunter pharmacies from next week for people aged between 12 and 59

The Moderna (Spikevax) jab is the third COVID vaccine to be deployed by Australian health authorities, receiving approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on September 3 for individuals aged 12 years and older.

The vaccine will be manufactured in Australia and offered to those aged between 12 and 59, with the AstraZeneca vaccine remaining the preferred option for those 60 and over.

PHARMACIES: The Moderna vaccine will be available in several Upper Hunter pharmacies including Alliance Pharmacy at Muswellbrook Marketplace.

PHARMACIES: The Moderna vaccine will be available in several Upper Hunter pharmacies including Alliance Pharmacy at Muswellbrook Marketplace.

State member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said only a third of vaccinating pharmacies are in the first two groups to receive shipments of Moderna, with the second and third groups of to receive stock in the following two weeks.

Pharmacies will initially be allocated 100 Moderna vaccine doses per week, however Mr Layzell said supplies would ramp up quickly.

Mr Layzell said the following pharmacies located in the Upper Hunter electorate would be participating in the Moderna rollout:

DENMAN

  • Denman Pharmacy

DUNGOG

  • Williams Valley Pharmacy

GLOUCESTER

  • Gloucester Family Pharmacy

MERRIWA

  • Merriwa Pharmacy

MUSWELLBROOK

  • Healthsave Pharmacy Muswellbrook
  • Muswellbrook Fair Pharmacy
  • Alliance Pharmacy Muswellbrook Marketplace

PATERSON

  • Paterson Pharmacy

QUIRINDI

  • Quirindi Pharmacy

SCONE

  • Chemist Discount Centre Scone
  • Scone Discount Pharmacy

SINGLETON

  • Blooms The Chemist, Singleton Heights
  • Singleton Discount Drug Store