The Gold Coast’s very own COVID-19 vaccine mega-hub is set to swing open its doors in just a few days, with the finishing touches being put on the facility today.
The vaccination centre, which is based next door to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach, will open to the public on Monday, July 26.
The hub will operate seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 4pm.
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However, once supply picks up over the next few months, it’s hoped the centre will operate 24 hours a day, giving Gold Coasters even more opportunity to receive the jab.
Gold Coast Health Executive Director of Clinical Governance, Education and Research, Dr Jeremy Wellwood said the new facility will be extremely convenient for locals, given its close proximity to public transport and free parking at the convention centre.
“The opening of this centre is the culmination of months of planning by our team and valuable partners to establish a site that caters for the needs of our community,” he said.
“It brings us one step closer to protection against COVID-19.”
The Broadbeach site replaces the Gold Coast University Hospital Vaccination Centre which closes this Sunday and the Albert Waterways Vaccination Centre which officially shut up shop on Monday.
It’s understood the vaccination mega-hub will be able to administer more than 1000 jabs a day, with Phase 1a and 1b workers and anyone who is still due to receive their second Pfizer dose continuing to be prioritised.
“This includes frontline, high risk and critical workers including healthcare workers, aged care and disability workers, quarantine and border workers and critical and high-risk workers such as emergency services personnel,” Dr Wellwood said.
“All eligible community members who wish to be vaccinated are encouraged to register for a vaccination appointment on our website, with bookings currently essential.”