The rollout of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Bendigo has continued at Bendigo Health's North Bendigo aged care complexes.
More than 100 residents chose to receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, administered by Bendigo Health staff last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Resident Peg King, aged 103, has lived at Joan Pinder Nursing Home for the past four years and was excited to receive the vaccination.
"I think it's great to have the vaccine and it didn't hurt one bit," Ms King said.
Bendigo Health chair Bob Cameron said the health service received 300 vaccine doses this week and will receive 1000 additional doses in the next fortnight.
"There aren't many vaccine doses in the country and it's going to take some time before we can start to think about vaccinating the general population," Mr Cameron said.
"We had 99 residents in North Bendigo vaccinated on Tuesday, about 25 on Wednesday and we will return on Friday to vaccinate a further 40 people.
Mr Cameron said he expects vaccine supply to increase in the coming weeks.
"We need 8000 doses to vaccinate the phase 1a group," he said.
"These are frontline health workers, aged care residents and staff."
Given vaccine demand in the Loddon Mallee, Mr Cameron said it is likely some people in phase 1a will receive their second vaccine dose, typically three weeks after administration of the first, before others have had their first dose.
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