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19 April, 2022

Mareeba vaccination milestone

STAFF at the Mareeba Hospital paused to celebrate a milestone achievement last week, commemorating the administration of their first Covid vaccine one year ago.

Mareeba Hospital allied and community health staff Amanda Turner, Glenda Fabris, Kate Buchanan and Cathie Archer with vaccination lead Diann Elliott (centre) celebrate the milestone with a special cake.

To date, the hospital’s vaccine clinic has administered 13,594 vaccinations since their first dose on 14 April 2021. 

The hospital has administered a range of approved vaccinations to locals and are now looking to integrate the vaccination system into the hospital and commence “business as usual”. 

Mareeba Hospital vaccination lead Diann Elliott said without the support from the rest of the hospital staff and hospitals around the region, the vaccination process wouldn’t have been so smooth. 

“Everyone helped us, the whole hospital – I had school-based youth nurses come in, security that helped direct people, it was a real big team effort,” she said. 

“This is a great achievement for a little rural community. 

“It’s good to stop now and make it part of our business as usual. We are not stopping offering Covid vaccinations – we’re starting flu vaccinations in conjunction with Covid.” 

Christmas was the busiest time for the clinic with people rushing in to get their boosters after they were announced. 

The largest day for the clinics in vaccinations was when they administered 242 in one day.

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