One of the Border's highest medical officers is reassuring the community the COVID vaccine is safe and the best way forward.
Albury Wodonga Health's medical director of emergency and intensive care David Clancy was one of the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday in the first roll-out across the health service and said it was a "small miracle" Australia was at this point already.
"It has been quite a surreal experience to think we are at this point," he said after receiving his vaccination.
"For me this is just a wonderful achievement for the science community. Globally it is a small miracle we are at this point in time where we are able to roll out a vaccine safely to our community only 12-14 months after this whole pandemic started.
"To think this vaccine only got started in April last year is amazing that it could be developed and robustly studied."
While Dr Clancy acknowledged some people's anxiety over the amount of time the vaccines took to produce, he said it had not been rushed.
"This vaccine is safe," he said. "This has not just come up overnight.
"It has been robustly studied since April, the technology used in this vaccine has been something that has been developed.
"It is amazing we could get to this point and I think people in this community should have faith in the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the processes it has in order to ensure this is ready to rollout."
Dr Clancy said given Australia had begun its vaccination rollout months after other countries, like the USA and UK, the community should have confidence in the safety of the vaccines.
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"I think it should provide confidence, the reports that have been coming out of Israel and other countries about how effective it has been, not only in terms of preventing people becoming sick but also in terms of transmission, is really quite impressive and surpasses what we thought would be happening at this stage," he said.
"We have been blessed in this country that we could take prolonged time to review and study this and I think that has been based on how well we have been able to keep community transmission at bay by the actions of our community."
Emergency department nurse unit manager Caroline Grealy was also one of the first to be vaccinated on Wednesday and said there was "no hesitation" rolling up her sleeves on day one.
"Being vaccinated is one of the greatest safeguards in the fight against COVID, and will help protect me, my loved ones, and my community," she said.
Mrs Grealy's day-to-day work involves caring for potential COVID-positive patients, meaning she was identified as a priority phase 1a vaccination recipient.
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