Pharmacies join COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

There are now more places than ever you can go to get vaccinated in Murray Bridge.

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Pharmacist Darren Ong, at the Terry White Chemmart on the south side of Murray Bridge, is one of several participating in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available in Murray Bridge as more organisations join the national roll-out.

Two pharmacies – the Terry White Chemmart on Swanport Road and Chemist Warehouse on Adelaide Road – have begun offering vaccination appointments in the past fortnight.

There are now eight clinics and pharmacies in Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend where people can receive the Astra Zeneca vaccine, recommended for people over the age of 60.

Two also supply Pfizer vaccines, and more have registered to do so when supplies become available.

See below for the full list.

Terry White pharmacist Darren Ong said word was slowly getting around that he had started offering the Astra Zeneca vaccine last Tuesday.

Many of the people getting vaccinated at his pharmacy were older, he said, an uncomfortable with the idea of booking an appointment online.

He planned to continue offering vaccination appointments only on Tuesdays.

“Once you open a vial (of vaccine), it’s only good for 48 hours,” he said.

“There’s no point opening it up on a Friday for one person.”

However, he said plenty of appointments were available.

The pharmacist at Chemist Warehouse told Murray Bridge News the same thing: if you wanted an Astra Zeneca vaccination, there were doses available.

Federal MP Tony Pasin, whose government is managing the pharmacy roll-out, said more than 3900 across Australia were now participating.

Remaining pharmacies and GPs would also be given the chance to join in, he said.

Meanwhile, Premier Steven Marshall said on Thursday morning that almost 80,000 South Australians had received either their first or second vaccine dose during the state’s recent lockdown.

“It is fantastic to see South Australians continue to embrace the vaccine and roll up their sleeves when it is their turn,” he said.

Chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said vaccination continued to be our best weapon against the coronavirus.

“Now more than ever we need all South Australians to roll up and get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible,” she said.

“Along with masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene and checking in with the QR codes, getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect yourself, your loved ones and our community.”

There have been 859 cases of COVID-19 in South Australia since the pandemic began, after two more were reported in Adelaide on Thursday.

Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

  • Amcal, Murray Bridge (Astra Zeneca): 8531 2555

  • Bridge Clinic (Astra Zeneca): 8539 3232

  • Bridgeview Family Practice, Murray Bridge (Astra Zeneca): 8532 2536

  • Chemist Warehouse, Murray Bridge (Astra Zeneca): 8531 3732

  • Murray Bridge Community Health (Astra Zeneca and Pfizer):

  • Murray Bridge Day-Night Surgery (Astra Zeneca and Pfizer): 8531 2988

  • Murraylands Medical Centre, Tailem Bend (Astra Zeneca): 8572 5897

  • Terry White Chemmart, Swanport Road, Murray Bridge (Astra Zeneca): 8532 1812

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