The Armatree Hotel, which is located 35km north of Gilgandra has teamed up with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to become the state’s first vaccination hub in a pub.

Hotel owner, Ash Walker, said said one doctor and two nurses from the RFDS delivered first Pzifer jabs to more than 200 locals from across the district on Saturday, August 21.

“The RFDS are based in Walgett at the moment, they had a spare day and asked if they could use the pub because it is central and well known,” Walker said.

“We organised it all in 24 hours and people travelled huge distances to come in here and get vaccinated, and get some take away food and drinks as well.”

“It was great for the community, who are pretty isolated out here and can’t wait to be back sitting together in the public bar.”

Walker said the RFDS will return in three weeks to deliver second doses.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said country pubs are the heart of their communities and always step up in tough times.

“The Armatree Hotel is a real community hub and this is a great initiative,” said Whelan.

“Vaccines are now available and we encourage all staff and patrons to be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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