For local pharmacist Anthony Piggott, the message regarding COVID-19 could not be simpler or clearer.
According to Anthony “If you’re over 18 you should get the vaccine.”
“The best way for us to come out of lockdown and enjoy more social connection in the community across spring and summer is for as many as possible to be vaccinated.” Anthony told The Local.
Anthony’s other message was one of congratulations to the local community for getting out and getting the jab.
“We have now passed the 50% mark for first vaccinations in Newcastle. While this is a good start we have a way to go to reach the vaccination levels that will make lockdowns a thing of the past. Make an appointment today!” Anthony said.
According to the World Health Organisation, like any vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines can cause mild, short term side effects, such as a low-grade fever or pain or redness at the injection site. Most reactions to vaccines are quite mild and go away within a few days on their own. More serious or long-lasting side effects to vaccines, though possible, are extremely rare. The benefits to the individual, their family and the community of being fully COVID-19 vaccinated, far outweigh the possibility of serious side effects.
You can make an appointment now for your COVID-19 jab at the mass vaccination hubs being operated by NSW Health, at your GP or any of the many local pharmacies offering the service.