Bendigo Health's Mollison Street Mass Vaccination Centre has opened AstraZeneca vaccine bookings up to people aged 18 to 39 years.
The move was confirmed on Tuesday after the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced nine mass vaccination centres, predominately in metropolitan Melbourne, would start administering vaccines to the young people on Sunday.
Since then, Bendigo Health has received 500 registrations for the AstraZeneca vaccine from people under 40, and 90 appointments had been booked in for Wednesday.
Bendigo Health chair Bob Cameron was glad to see young people showing their interest in receiving AstraZeneca.
"It's been a very rapid uptake from early on," he said. "There are already 90 people going to have AZ today and what that means is more people will be vaccinated.
"We know there are more people in Bendigo vaccinated as a percentage compared to other areas of the state but our goal has to be to increase that as much as we can.
"We know one thing, and that is the only way out of the pandemic is vaccination. The more vaccinated we are, the less is the prospect of having lockdowns in the future."
To register to receive your vaccine, simply head to bendigohealth.org.au/registerforvaccine and click on the 'Register' button or scan the QR Code.
You will then be taken to a short survey to fill out. Within a few days, you will then be sent an email with a link to book in for your vaccine appointment.
Mr Cameron said he hoped the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the under 40 age group would see the Mollison Street Mass Vaccination Centre fill up.
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"We just ticked up to doing 700 vaccines a day but we want to be doing 1000," he said.
"Supply remains a big issue but we will have more Pfizer in September and as soon as we get more, we'll be putting it in people's arms.
"We encourage our staff at Bendigo Health to get vaccinated. If people need to take time off and there's space clear to do so, they're given that time.
"We encourage anything that will get people out and vaccinated."
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