My First Jab of the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine

Member’s Statement

Although currently unable to visit a gym, I recently received my first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Access Health and Community in Hawthorn. Today I want to encourage my constituents, fellow Victorians and Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

If you are over 40, book it in as soon as possible. It is a simple step we could all take to rid ourselves of this virus. It has been encouraging to see that around 140 000 Victorians are now being vaccinated every week.

My experience of getting vaccinated has been a very positive one. I would like to thank the friendly staff at Access Health and Community and, in particular, Yijun, who looked after me so well. I barely felt the needle.

At times like this we really see the value of community health centres like Access Health and Community. Founded over 150 years ago, they connect people in Melbourne’s east with the health services and community programs they need. In addition to the standard medical health services they also provide dental, audiology, mental health, nutrition, physiotherapy and child and family services, along with many more. They are a real asset to the community in Hawthorn.