Help us get back to what we love

Published on 18 October 2021

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Yarra Ranges Council has launched the ‘Get Back to What You Love, Get Vaccinated’ campaign to encourage community members to play their part and get vaccinated, so that we can all enjoy the summer months ahead.

Adults of all ages are now eligible for Pfizer, Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and Moderna vaccines, with young people aged 12-18 able to access Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Fiona McAllister said that people can access vaccines at GP clinics, pharmacies and State-run Vaccination Hubs.

“We know that there have been access issues for locals wanting to get vaccinated,” Cr McAllister said.

“We’ve written to the State Government, asking for a hub to be established in the region and for more support to help local people access vaccines.

“Some GP clinics and pharmacies locally have vaccine appointments available – many of which are accessible via public transport – and getting vaccinated is one of the reasons to travel beyond your 15km bubble.

“Though travelling from our more remote areas can be difficult at times, I’d encourage everyone who can to call their GP and see if they can make a booking for their shot.”

Cr McAllister said that a fully-vaccinated population would mean the return of social gathering, public events and the things that have been put on hold due to restrictions.

“I know that lockdowns have had a devastating impact on different parts of the community, from businesses who have had to close or rapidly adapt to restrictions, to kids, teenagers and adults missing out on social interaction and seeing families,” Cr McAllister said.

“There are so many things we love that we haven’t been able to do in a while: going to the local pool with the kids; visiting a winery with friends and enjoying some of our world-class produce; stopping in at cafes and stores and losing track of time; barbecues in backyards, weddings and long drives and seeing family.

“We’ve had to put those things aside for a while, but there’s an easy way back to friends, family and summer fun – having a community that’s vaccinated, safe and healthy.

“By getting vaccinated we can protect ourselves and people around us from serious illness and death, protect the most vulnerable people in our community, and bring the pandemic closer to an end.”

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Cr McAllister encouraged everyone in the community to see if they are eligible, and chat with their doctor if they have concerns.

“We’ve had a really heartening response in Yarra Ranges, with many in the community rolling up their sleeves and getting their shot,” she said.

“We know there are people who have worries and concerns – particularly with false information being shared on social media – but if you have any worries, please chat with your GP, who can talk you through them and provide expert advice.

“Once we’ve all had our shot, State Government restrictions can wind back safely and we can all get back to the things – and people – we love.”

Find out more about COVID-19, exposure sites and vaccines at coronavirus.vic.gov.au