Northern Territory Primary Health Network is encouraging Katherine residents to check in with their local GP to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
From Monday 23 August Katherine residents aged 12 years and over, should arrange their COVID-19 vaccine appointment at their local General Practice. Both Bauhinia Health and Katherine Family Medical are offering vaccines to Katherine residents.
Bauhinia Health is offering both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and Katherine Family Medical is offering AstraZeneca, with a plan to introduce Pfizer over the next week.
Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN) CEO, Ms Gill Yearsley said “To date the uptake of vaccines in the Katherine region has been a bit slow so we want to encourage locals to visit their local GP to get vaccinated. It’s an important step we can all take to help protect our Territory community.
In particular, we want to encourage those who work in the aged care or disability sectors to get vaccinated. Both practices will be prioritizing bookings for those workers.”
In July, the Prime Minister announced, that disability and aged care workers will need to be vaccinated by 17 September 2021 or they won’t be able to work in their usual roles.
If you work with aged care or disability clients in the course of your duties, we urge you to arrange your vaccine appointment as soon as possible.
The Northern Territory Government has also expanded eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine:
In the Greater Darwin region, children aged 12 – 15 years are eligible for Pfizer if:
o they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
o have underlying medical conditions
o they are visiting from remote communities
In all regions except Greater Darwin, ALL children 12 – 15 years are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
Underlying medical conditions include Rheumatic Heart Disease, Diabetes, heart disease, or chronic liver disease.
Katherine residents can book in with the practices directly:
• Bauhinia Health – Ph: 08 7903 2100
• Katherine Family Medical – Ph: 08 7903 2160
Elsewhere across the Territory, there are many General Practices offering vaccines and you can book directly with them or at NT Government clinics through their online system.
There are also some pharmacies providing vaccinations – you can check the NT Government vaccines bookings page for the full list.
Ms. Yearsley said, “NT PHN has been working closely with GPs across the Territory to support the vaccine rollout and we are pleased to now have Katherine practices involved too. Residents may feel more comfortable going to their local GP for a COVID-19 vaccine, where they can have a chat with someone they know about any concerns they may have.”
NT PHN Cassandra Buckley
Ph: 0448 800 438