NEW POP-UP VAX SITES FOR 100 POSTCODES ACROSS VICTORIA
The Victorian Government is bringing the vaccines to areas that need them most, by launching a massive community pop-up vaccination program targeting 100 priority postcodes across the state, with an immediate focus on the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.
With new vaccination records being set every day and under 100,000 doses to go before we reach our 1 million doses in five weeks target, Victorians are well and truly rising to the challenge of getting vaccinated and we want to keep this momentum going.
Using already announced supply secured through agreements with Singapore and the United Kingdom, Victoria is launching a new program covering 100 postcodes that establishes community and school-based pop ups in areas that need them most and where barriers to vaccination may exist.
The first five community pop-ups will be based in the Hume, Dandenong and Casey local government areas and will be hosted in council and religious settings to offer tailored support for local diverse communities, like we’ve done previously with the Greek Orthodox Church vaccination site in Thornbury, a Hindu temple site in Mill Park and a mosque in Newport.
The first eight school pop-up clinics will be at Dandenong High School, Point Cook Secondary College, Gladstone Park Secondary College, Roxburgh College, Brunswick Secondary College, Tarneit Senior College, Werribee Secondary College and Lakeview Senior College. These are aimed at school students.
The next round of secondary schools will provide access to COVID-19 vaccines for students and their families, staff and those in the local community. Those first schools will include Narre Warren South P-12 College, Mount Ridley P-12 College and Hazel Glen College.
The number of school-based pop-ups will expand rapidly, with approximately 70 school sites eventually earmarked for all members of the community.
Additional bookings will be available from Monday, 13 September at the Melton Drive Through Vaccination Hub, Wyndham Indoor Vaccination Centre – Eagle Stadium, Melbourne Showgrounds, Broadmeadows Town Hall, South Morang Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre and the Ford Factory in Campbellfield. Several sites will also be extending opening hours until 8pm, and more Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses will be released this week across state sites.
The Government continues to make it easier for Victorians to get vaccinated as soon as possible, with 60 open access state-run centres currently operating across Victoria and additional sites opening every week.
Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres for more information on Victoria’s vaccination centres, including locations and opening hours.
Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“The expanded site at Eagle Stadium and the new site at Werribee Secondary College will mean more families in the Werribee District will be able to access the coronavirus vaccine so they can protect themselves, their loved ones and the whole community.”
Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy
“Making vaccine bookings more accessible to our community is a vital part of the fight against this pandemic. People in Melbourne’s west want to get back to living their lives free of this virus and this additional COVID-19 vaccine booking capacity is an important part of helping us get there.”
Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly
“Thousands of Victorians are getting vaccinated every day to protect our community and our loved ones – these new sites will now make it even easier to get your jab as we race to vaccinate.”
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Vaccinations keep families safe and together. This is a targeted and coordinated campaign to ensure we can get equitable vaccination coverage right across Victoria.”
“We are tailoring our vaccination rollout to remove any barriers that might otherwise stop someone from getting vaccinated. There are a million reasons to get vaccinated and vaccination is our only way out of this pandemic.”