After half a century of providing free Shoalhaven City Council’s Childhood Immunisation Clinics, the last group of children went through the clinic this week, all receiving a teddy bear to ease the pain of their jab.
The clinic started out in halls such as the old School of Arts Annexe and then went mobile in the 1990’s wandering around the villages in a painted up caravan. More recently the service moved into various community centres around the Shoalhaven.
Due to free immunisation now being offered by general practitioners under bulk billing and declining usage of the clinics, Councillors resolved to close the clinic.
Shoalhaven has still one of the highest immunisation rates in the Illawarra District with parents preferring to access vaccinations at one of the many general practices across the city.
The casual nursing team have had an excellent rapport with the families and Council would like to thank all the nurses who have been involved in the clinic over the years.
It is estimated that over 40,000 children under the age of 5 years of age have been vaccinated over the 50 years, with numbers declining rapidly in recent years with general practitioner bulk billing convenience.