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1 November, 2021

Over 150 vaccines administered at local clinic

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN held its first vaccination hub at Oakey last month with a total of 159 people taking advantage of the service and the opportunity to meet NRL player, Ash Taylor, who made an appearance at the Oakey State High School clinic last Saturday morning.

NRL player Ash Taylor (centre right) chats with local students Harry Sharpe-Liston, Kaleb Stanton and Hamish Sharpe-Liston who attended the vaccine clinic at Oakey State High School at the weekend.

This figure further increases the vaccination rate of Oakey residents, with 705 vaccines administered at the Oakey Hospital, and hundreds more at the local medical practices, pharmacy and at the Toowoomba and Dalby  vaccine hubs.

Ash Taylor, who visited the Oakey clinic before heading to the Wilsonton clinic, said he is keen to promote the importance of vaccinations in the local community.

“I wanted to give back to the community while I’m on break and help out anyway I can,” he said.

“This is a major issue around the world at the moment. I wanted to get involved and get other people involved and get them protected and get their families protected.”

Taylor said he handed out footballs to young people who attended the clinic to give people an added incentive to get vaccinated.

“Getting vaccinated is everything. That is why, if you get vaccinated you get a footy,” he said.

“We are trying to give incentives out to try and get people to get the vaccine.

“If people get protected they not only protect themselves but their families and everyone really.”

Taylor said he’s aware Oakey is a big rugby league town and the importance the Oakey Bears plays in the community.

“I’m very familiar with the Oakey Bears and how well they have done in the rugby league community,” he said.

The Oakey SES group was on hand during both days to move residents through the vaccine clinic and help with parking.

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