THE RACE to vaccinate the Wimmera gallops ahead, with a new competition looking to drive up numbers throughout the spring racing season.
Lister House Clinic has announced it will be holding a competition to find its 20,000th COVID-19 vaccine recipient, as the group's vaccine clinic closes in on the impressive milestone.
Anyone who has received a vaccine from Lister House will enter the draw to win one of 10 $50 West Vic Business vouchers, which can be used in many participating stores across Horsham.
The competition began on Wednesday, with the winners to be announced following the Melbourne Cup on November 2.
Lister House Clinic chief executive Amanda Wilson urged anyone to get in and get vaccinated for a chance to take out the prize.
"Anybody is eligible, so if you hurry up and get in you will get a chance to win the draw," she said.
"We are trying to make it as easy as possible to get the vaccines. We find generally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are really busy, the other days are quieter.
"We have five to seven vaccinators at any time now. We just need people in there, we need people vaccinated. We have the doses."
Walk-in doses for the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines will be available at Lister House's vaccination centre at Up Tempo cafe, 4a Dimboola Road.
Ms Wilson also thanked everyone in the Horsham community who had already shown up for a vaccine, especially the strong showing of people aged 12 to 16.
"The kids have been really great. Most of the kids come in and sit down without their parents, to the point where I have to ask them to go and get their parents to make sure they have consent.
"You hear them say things like 'I don't want to give it to my grandma'," she said.
"They want to be part of the effort and they don't want to make anyone around them sick.
"They genuinely have a really good sense of community, so I am really impressed to see young people think that way. It has been a repetitive theme with them."
Lister House has also been offering walk-in COVID-19 testing at its respiratory clinic on 146 Baillie Street.
The testing clinic will be open from 9.30am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, and open for half days on the weekend.
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