COVID-19 vaccinations could begin as early as next week at Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative with final preparations underway.
BADAC chief Karen Heap said nurses and doctors were specially trained and ready to administer the jabs and BADAC was confirming supply before stepping up community awareness.
Under phase 1b, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged over 55 were a key eligible group for the vaccine.
"We've been contacting with people in our community who are eligible and a lot of our elders getting the vaccine to make sure they're aware what's coming," Ms Heap said. "Once we get a few cases through and done we will move forward and start promoting it more."
This comes after a rocky start to phase 1b in Ballarat this week with initial booking issues and some general practice clinics caught by surprise in the federal government's push to start.
People aged 70-plus, adults with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities, healthcare workers and emergency service personnel are also eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in this stage.
Ballarat Community Health and Ballarat Medical Centre have flagged they will wait until after Easter to start jabs to better prepare.
A UFS-led respiratory clinic in Drummond Street opened on Wednesday with one woman aged in her 70s telling The Courier it was a relatively easy process to get her first jab and book in for the second dose in three months' time - but she was relieved to get in early with appointments quickly filling through April.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told media on Friday the government had achieved its promises of starting the roll-out in February, making locally manufactured doses ready in March and including GPs in the program.
Promised targets of having four million people immunised by April and access to at least one dose by October appear highly unlikely to be met.The roll-out is heading towards 500,000 vaccinations in the first month of the program.
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The government expected vaccine numbers to rapidly increase as homemade production of AstraZeneca stepped up.
Ballarat federal MP Catherine King, a former opposition spokeswoman, questioned the slow roll-out in parliament this week, saying instead of taking this time to fine-tune procedures, instead there was a lessening clarity in how well the roll-out was going.
Ms King cited an influx of calls to her office from confused Ballarat residents and stressed GP clinic staff dealing with calls from residents and missing equipment in the roll-out, such as sharps containers and needles.
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