Ray Bedford was one of the first people in Wagga Wagga to get the COVID-19 jab and the 86-year-old aged care resident said he did not feel a thing.

Key points:

  • The first COVID-19 vaccinations have taken place at Wagga aged care facilities
  • The vaccine roll out at multiple aged care centres was delayed earlier this week
  • Local MP Michael McCormick describes the roll-out as one of the largest logistical challenges the country has undertaken

“My age group are more susceptible to this disease than the younger ones so it was just common sense to have the vaccine.

“It can only do you good and unless people are prepared to do this there’s not much chance of wiping these diseases out.”

Elderly man sitting in chair, smiling.

86-year-old Ray Bedford is glad the vaccine rollout wasn’t delayed at aged care facility in Wagga Wagga.(

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Residents in two aged care facilities in Wagga Wagga, in southern New South Wales, have received their COVID-19 vaccines, with other nursing homes scheduled for vaccination over the weekend.

The executive care manager at the Forrest Centre, Tania Tellus, saw vaccination as an important step and hoped it would allow COVID-19 restrictions to be further received.

“I think it will give us a bit more flexibility, having visitors to come into the home, going out to the park or having a coffee, just giving them a bit more flexibility,” she said.

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Tania Tellus hopes the rollout of the vaccine will eventually lead to a return to normal life.(

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Delay a ‘hiccup’

The vaccine roll out was delayed at the last minute earlier this week at multiple nursing homes in Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, and the NSW Central Coast.

Deputy Prime Minister and Riverina MP Michael McCormack described it as a minor delay.

Mr Bedford is glad the vaccination went ahead as scheduled at his nursing home.

“We were supposed to be the last home to be done but unfortunately the other vaccinations didn’t turn up. But ours did. So it’s great,” he said.

Elderly woman sitting in a chair, in front of a table.

Margaret Cluff is getting the vaccine because it will help others as well.(

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Margaret Cluff was another aged care resident lining up for the jab this morning.

“I’m not pleased to be getting it, but if it’s got to be done it’s got to be done,” she said.

“It’s not going to hurt you and if it’s going to help people I’m pleased.”

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