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New COVID-19 vaccination hub to open at JCU in Smithfield

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A new COVID-19 vaccination clinic has opened in Smithfield at the James Cook University campus.

Vaccine lead Don Mackie says it will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, making it easier for residents in the Northern Beaches to get the jab.

“We were hearing that people from the Northern Beaches were driving as far as Mossman to go and get vaccinated,” Doctor Mackie says.

“It’s clear we needed another community hub and serving the Northern Beaches looked like the best place."

He says there are measures in place to ensure people can get both shots in the required timeframe.

“We’ve from the outset taken up a process where people were booked for their second dose at the time of the first dose, so we’ve actually kept the stock in supply.”

The new hub will have capacity to provide 300 jabs a day, with the rollout dependent on vaccine supply.

Priority will be given to health workers and at-risk groups.

The jabs will be delivered by Queensland Health staff and eventually final year medical students after they undergo vaccine training.

Doctor Mackie says vaccinations will wind down at the Cairns Hospital from Monday, with some people redirected to the Smithfield hub for their shots.

Eligible groups are encouraged to register online through the Queensland Government's coronavirus website to arrange to get the vaccine.