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Booster Doses To Be Brought Forward

Millions more people in NSW are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination after NSW Health brought forward the interval between doses by a month. State-run vaccination clinics will begin offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations three months after people have received their second dose from Friday January 21.

The change from a four-month interval to three months means there are now an additional 3.55 million people in NSW who can book in for their third dose of vaccine.

NSW Health has delivered a total of 440,681 third/booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines in support of the Federal Government’s vaccine program.

NSW Health is contacting people who are registered in the NSW Health vaccination booking system with a reminder text message.

NSW Health clinics offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to people aged 18 years and over.

Eligible people can also receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from their GP and participating community pharmacies.

Thank You From Vinnies

St. Vincent de Paul Conference (good works) would like to thank the Cowra community for their generous dona-tions of cash, hampers and toys for their Christmas appeal. President, Len Ryan said it was because of this great com-munity spirit we were able to help the less fortunate of our community in some small way enjoy Christmas.

Supporting Multicultural Communi-ites In Cowra

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced new funding supporting multicultural communities in Cowra. Ms Cooke said $28,000 was awarded to the Cowra Information and Neighbour-hood Centre for a grassroots community project.

The grant will help develop the Cowra Covid Resilience project which will provide information to the community about COVID-19 transmission, testing and vaccination.

Funding Boost For Local Not-For-Profits

Local not-for-prof-its will benefit from a funding boost to ease financial pressure and help them recover from impacts of the COVID-19 lock-down.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the NSW Government’s Social Sector Support Fund is providing not-for-profit organisations with grants of between $10,000 and $200,000. Local organisations receiving funding include:

• Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre Incorporated - $150,000

• The Farm in Galong - $100,000

The grants support organisations which did not receive JobSaver or JobSaver Not-For-Profit and are working across child and family services, domestic violence, homelessness, health, disability and animal welfare sectors.

Travel Boost For Even More Regional Seniors

Applications are open for the expanded 2022 NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card, allowing even more seniors to pocket $250 to help with everyday travel costs. Eligible applicants will receive a $250 pre-paid Visa card that can be used for fuel, taxis, pre-booked NSW TrainLink Regional trains and coaches, and select community transport services.

In addition to the existing criteria, seniors can apply for a travel card if they are eligible for the Age Pension and receiv-ing either a Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment from Services Australia. Applications for the 2022 NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card are open now, and will close on 30 November.

More information can be found at service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel

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