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‘Gone in 15 minutes’: Parents rush to vaccinate children before school return

“Our medical centre won’t take bookings because they have got no supply,” she said. “They have said the best bet is to watch their Facebook page. The last time they got Pfizer it was gone in 15 minutes.”

She said the vaccine hub in Wollongong said she could book her son from Monday.

Ms Mogan McIntosh spent a lot of time trying to register both children via the hub only to find the 12-year-old category was not listed. “The only part that makes me nervous about it is trying to get the doses before school goes back,” she said.

Rebecca Barrett booked in her 12 year-old daughter Edie Barrett for her first dose of Pfizer on Monday which is the first day children aged between 12-15 are eligible.

Rebecca Barrett booked in her 12 year-old daughter Edie Barrett for her first dose of Pfizer on Monday which is the first day children aged between 12-15 are eligible. Credit:Rhett Wyman

But other parents have had an easier time.

Rebecca Barrett from Sydney’s inner west has an appointment for her 12-year-old daughter Edie for Monday.

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“It is important because in the inner west the numbers are creeping up and her school is in Strathfield which is in a hot spot,” Ms Barrett said.

“She has been asking me – when is it my turn? She wants to go back to school, so life can go back to normal.”

Belinda Barnes, from Ryde, has her oldest children, aged 13 and 15, booked in for Pfizer jabs on Tuesday after she put their names on a waiting list with a GP three weeks ago.

“I knew it was coming up, and I knew my daughter wouldn’t want to go through the hub,” she said.

“My daughter wants to have it so that she feels she can start doing things again.”

Belinda Barnes and her son Aidan, 13, who is booked in for a Pfizer jab on Tuesday before he returns to school.

Belinda Barnes and her son Aidan, 13, who is booked in for a Pfizer jab on Tuesday before he returns to school.Credit:Jacky Ghossein

Jackie Greenwood from Sydney’s inner west said she was looking forward to her 12-year-old daughter getting vaccinated on Monday at the Olympic Park hub.

“Some of my friends have tried to make an appointment and have had trouble. It seems to be hit-and-miss,” she said.

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“I was nervous about the whole vaccination thing right at the beginning because it all happened so fast. But the minute it became a necessity I jumped right on board and my husband and I got vaccinated.”

Elizabeth Flaherty drove an hour away from her home in Scone in the NSW Hunter to a pop-up clinic in Merriwa on Friday morning to get her daughter Iris, 14, vaccinated.

“I have been trying to get her vaccinated for some time now. She has Aboriginal ancestry,” Ms Flaherty said.

“She is highly social and wanting to get back to school.”

Iris said she wanted to get vaccinated “so I could do more things with my friends and things could go back to as normal as they can”. “I’m not getting to get out of the house and do things how I usually would,” she said.

But she was concerned that some of her friends were not getting vaccinated because their parents did not think it was safe. “If we go to things like the movies or anything the others won’t be able to come because they aren’t vaccinated,” she said.

A mother of two children under 15 from Sydney’s north shore who did not want to be named said she tried getting an appointment online before calling her GP who had a cancellation in early October.

“I’m not super comfortable about sending them back to school unless they were vaccinated,” she said.

Gina Metcalfe who lives in the Blue Mountains has secured an appointment on October 12 with a GP for her 12-year-old son who has had a respiratory illness. “After having all the adults and adult children vaccinated without adverse effects I am keen for him to be vaccinated ASAP,” she said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday said there would be enough vaccines in the country by October to have offered everyone a jab.

Kerrie from Sutherland Shire said she wanted to get her two children aged 12 and 13 vaccinated as soon as possible and is hoping to get an appointment with her local doctor.

“My GP is hoping to get the vaccine within the next few weeks and as soon as it comes in. Otherwise, I have an appointment booked on November 1 elsewhere.

“The issue is finding somewhere to do it. I rang a couple of medical centres that weren’t doing that age group. I’ve always found the NSW Health one too hard to get into. But I’m keen to get them done and preferably before they get back to school.”

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