Gippsland MHR Darren Chester get the COVID vaccine

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester looks relaxed as he gets the jab from nurse manager Dianne Matcott at Wellington Respiratory Clinics vaccination clinic. Photo: Liz Bell

GIPPSLAND MHR Darren Chester proved his confidence in the COVID-19 vaccination by rolling up his sleeve at the Wellington Respiratory Clinic’s new vaccination clinic in Sale on Friday.

Mr Chester said he wanted to lead by example to allay fears about vaccination, and had no hesitation in booking for his first AstraZeneca shot now that the vaccine has been opened up to people aged 50-plus.

“From the people I speak to in the communities I visit, it’s clear there is confidence in this vaccine and confidence in what the government is doing to protect Australians,” he said.

“The vaccines have been thoroughly tested, and we are in such a strong position in Australia because of the way things have been handled.

“What we are seeing in India and closer to home in PNG is tragic, and shows us that this pandemic is far from over.”

Mr Chester said it was important to not lose the success so far achieved in keeping Australians safe.