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Bundaberg Hospital gives out its first AstraZeneca vaccine


Wide Bay healthcare workers are among the first people in regional Queensland to be given the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) began administering the vaccine at its first vaccination hub in Bundaberg on Monday.

Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager Suzanne Smith was the first to receive the jab.

Ms Smith says she was determined to set an example for her patients.

"I think it's just sunk in now, it was a very proud moment to be the first to receive this vaccine.

"I think it's probably the best one (vaccinations) I've had, tetanus stings, the flu one was a little bit stingy, but this one was good," Ms Smith says.

WBHHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Fiona Sewell is leading the vaccine rollout.

She says the team has been preparing for months, undertaking mock scenarios in case of an allergic reaction to the jab.

"Today it is all about building, and the construction has come together and I know our team here is exceptional."

Regional vaccination hubs will be online in the coming weeks, as the Phase 1a cohort continues to receive the first of the jabs.

Vaccines will be delivered to pharmacies and GPs across the state when it's time for the general public to be vaccinated.