COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics to close
Castlemaine Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is set to close this month with Wednesday, 22 June 2022 the final day for vaccinations.
Our clinic has played a vital role in our local COVID-19 response and greatly contributed to the high vaccination rates in our shire. Closure of the clinic will enable staff to move back into frontline nursing roles to support the healthcare system. The COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will have administered almost 15,000 COVID-19 vaccinations when it closes at the end of the month.
More than 95% of eligible residents in Mount Alexander Shire have now received their two primary COVID vaccine doses, and more than 82% of those aged 16 and over are up-to-date with their booster. Once our clinic closes, residents will still be able to receive free COVID-19 vaccinations from their own GP or local pharmacists, and Bendigo Health will continue to run a vaccination clinic. Getting vaccinated remains as important as ever.
With demand for COVID-19 testing reduced, the COVID-19 Testing Clinic at the Castlemaine Stadium in Wesley Hill will also hold its last testing day on Thursday, 16 June. The Victorian Department of Health will officially decommission the site on Friday, 17 June. The testing team are currently working with the Mount Alexander Shire Council to consider how the community might be supported with COVID-19 testing through the winter months.
Since its opening, the clinic has completed 16,754 PCR tests and distributed 21,021 Rapid Antigen Tests to the local community. The clinic moved from Mostyn Street to Wesley Hill in late 2021 and has regularly scaled its operations up and down in response to demand. In October 2021 the clinic tested 432 people in one day, the highest number of tests in any single day since the clinic opened.
We’d like to take a moment to thank our testing and vaccination teams for their incredible work serving our local people. We simply could not have achieved such high vaccination rates locally, nor could we have helped manage the spread of COVID-19 without them. Their continued dedication and efforts have been an asset to our community and helped us all stay safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.