Our first COVID-19 vaccine delivered to Aunty Elaine

6th April 2021

Local Aboriginal Health service provider deliver the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine to our community’s most vulnerable.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 55 or those who have a serious or chronic illness, can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a culturally supportive service right here in the Shoalhaven. Members of the community who meet the criteria can now book their appointments with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation at the Jane Ardler Centre, Jerrinja, and Wreck Bay Clinics. 

“We are happy to announce that we are now an approved vaccination provider for the COVID-19 vaccines, and are very proud to help provide immunisations for our local community. Our health professionals have all completed the mandatory training to ensure that our patients will receive the best standard of care.”  Craig Ardler – CEO.

Respected local elders were the first to receive the vaccine at the Jane Ardler Centre in Nowra on the 6th of April. Along with other elders and invited guests, the group celebrated this milestone knowing the vaccination is, without doubt, the greatest weapon to fight this disease for Indigenous communities. 

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our GPs, nurses, and support team who have worked tirelessly to get to this stage and thank them for their dedication to the work ahead. The attitude of our team is a clear demonstration of our shared commitment to the wellbeing of our communities.”Craig Ardler – CEO.

Providing access to free, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the community is a key priority for South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation this year, with more vaccines set to be rolled out to members of the community
 later in the year.

For further information please contact Jess McGeachie Executive Assistant
phone: 4448 0200  email: ceo@southcoastams.org.au

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Aunty Elaine Ardler Sturgeon the first to receive the COVID-19 jab at the Jane Ardler Centre Nowra