BENDIGO Health has hit a milestone in its coronavirus vaccine rollout passing 100,000 vaccinations this week.
Of the 100,000 residents vaccinated, approximately 33,000 received Pfizer and 67,000 received AstraZeneca.
Loddon Mallee Public Health Unit director Casey Nottage said the milestone showed the regions willingness to roll up their sleeves.
"We know a good portion of the population, in particular under 16s, are not yet eligible for the vaccine, so to have good overall numbers for first doses is fantastic," she said.
"Herd immunity is the ultimate goal of the vaccination program so we encourage everyone in the region to get vaccinated when they are eligible."
Public Health Services and General Practices have equally shared the vaccination load for the region since the roll out began in late February, both vaccinating approximately 50,000 people.
About 12,000 people under 40 have received their first dose fromBendigo Health's 50,000 jabs administered.
Of the estimated 342,000 population in the Loddon Mallee, approximately 86,000 people have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 14,000 fully vaccinated.
Dr Nottage said the next phase of the roll out for all public health services will be to focus on second doses and provide first doses within the parameters of vaccine supply.
Bendigo Health, Castlemaine Health, Echuca Regional Health, Sunraysia Community Health Services, Swan Hill District Hospital and are the public health services rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in the region.
Murray Primary Health Network chief executive Matt Jones said GPs across the Loddon Mallee were supporting their communities with vaccination options closer to home.
"For many people in regional areas, their regular GP is a trusted source of health information," he said.
"The average age of people being vaccinated by GPs is just over 70 years, while the oldest person to receive a vaccination by a GP was 107."
Mr Jones said GPs would continue to be vital providers of vaccinations in coming months, as supplies continue to grow and more people are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
At Bendigo Health's Mollison Street clinic Pfizer walk-ins are currently capped at 40 people per day and you must bring proof of employment to be vaccinated.
Those people must be a public and private residential aged care worker, Ambulance Victoria staff, healthcare worker or people who work in a hospital setting, pharmacy staff, administration, kitchen staff and cleaners.
AstraZeneca walk-ins are available to anyone who is eligible.
More info on Bendigo Health's rollout can be found here.
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