COVID-19 is due to arrive at two clinics in Glen Innes next week

PLEASE BE PATIENT: East Avenue practice manager Jane Cooke says staff will get to you as they work through the COVID vaccine list. Photo: supplied.

PLEASE BE PATIENT: East Avenue practice manager Jane Cooke says staff will get to you as they work through the COVID vaccine list. Photo: supplied.

Two general practices are registered to administer the COVID-19 jab in Glen Innes so far, and while vaccinations were supposed to begin last week, no supplies have yet arrived.

Jane Cooke is the practice manager at East Ave Medical Centre - one of those registered. Ms Cooke was expecting vaccines to arrive last week but said she was still waiting.

"No vaccine has arrived in Glen Innes as yet," she said.

Ms Cooke said because supplies were limited and the fact the vaccine can't be given within two weeks of the flu vaccine, the clinic needed to schedule patients accordingly.

"There is quite a lot of logistics in that, especially as we don't know when the COVID vaccines are going to turn up," she said.

"If we get 200 flu vaccines arrive, then we are going to use those first. We have taken names and made a list of people who want the vaccine, and then we will call them when it is their turn.

"As far as we know, we will only be getting 50 vaccines a week, so we are working through the list prioritising those most at risk first."

Patients are welcome to phone and put their name on the COVID vaccine list Ms Cooke said, but if they are on the list, then they just need to wait.

"The doctors and nurses will get to you as they work through the lists in order of priority and as we receive each supply," she said.

Phase 1B of the COVID-19 rollout began last week for the general population and includes; elderly people over 70 years of age; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55; health workers; people with disability; and people with specific medical conditions.

Minister for Regional Health and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered across the country and continue this week.

"The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is one of the largest logistical exercises ever undertaken in this country," Mr Coulton said.

"Extreme weather conditions in many parts of NSW resulted in some communities receiving their first vaccines a little later than expected."