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Huge increase in vaccination hub traffic hailed a ‘positive’ of Victorian lockdown

Goulburn Valley Health (GV Health) has praised the community for coming forward in large numbers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as the seven-day breaker shutdown continues in Victoria.

The health service, which operates a vaccine hub in Shepparton, as well as smaller sites in Kilmore, Mansfield and Cobram, said the number of people coming through the door had increased throughout the week.

Last week, the health service had vaccinated 3,200 people against 1,500 the week before.

“On Saturday and Sunday, we vaccinated about 500 people every day, which is a really good effort, so about 1,000 in total over the weekend,” said CEO Matt Sharp.

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Matt Sharp encourages everyone who qualifies for the COVID-19 vaccine to enroll.(

Supplied: Goulburn Valley Health

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Compete to meet demand

Yackandandah resident Paul Jones traveled to Wodonga on Thursday in hopes of getting the COVID-19 vaccine after reading on the Victorian government’s website that Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) was accepting walk-ins.

“I think it said there was a 15 minute wait,” he said.

“I went in around 11am to find out that walk-ins were no longer accepted.”

On Thursday, the health service temporarily suspended walk-in appointments following the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Greater Melbourne.

Today, the health service confirmed that walk-ins were being accepted at AWH vaccine hubs, but people were still being urged to book ahead.

Mr Jones was told to make a booking through the COVID-19 vaccination hotline but said he hadn’t made it through.

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GVH’s vaccination center in Shepparton is being moved out of the McIntosh Center,(

Supplied: Goulburn Valley Health

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Last week, AWH delivered 2,924 vaccines, up from 1,529 the week before.

Mr Sharp said GV Health accepted walk-ins but warned people should be prepared to wait.

“On the weekend we had up to an hour and a half waiting time,” he said.

“I understand that the department is working hard to fix the 1800 number issue, so if people can keep up with that, we’d prefer that.”

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