Joint third-dose vax blitz protecting Victorians

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Local sports clubs, youth groups and culturally and linguistically diverse communities are among more than 200 community organisations joining forces as part of a summer blitz to get Victorians vaccinated with their third COVID-19 dose.

Victoria’s vaccination centres and 28 pop-ups are gearing up to deliver third doses across the state. Victorians who had their second vaccine four or more months ago are now due for their third dose.

This comes after the recent ATAGI recommendation to bring forward the third dose interval to four months so as many people as possible are protected ahead of anticipated rising Omicron case numbers.

The Victorian Government is making it as easy as possible for Victorians to get their crucial third dose. The additional sites, some of which will be walk-ups and open seven days a week 12 hours a day, will support the Commonwealth’s vaccination program alongside GPs and pharmacists.

Pop-ups and extended fixed community sites will include Caroline Springs Leisure Centre and Preston’s PANCH Health Centre, and regional locations including centres delivered with Swan Hill District Health and Kyneton District Health and Community Care. Other locations to support the scale-up are being explored.

The community organisations are part of the Victorian Government’s Vaccine Ambassadors program that represent the diversity of Victoria, including clinicians, faith, industry, sports and educational fields with small grants that  help the organisations support their communities to get their third dose.

Partners include AMAZE, Carers Victoria, Chinese Community Council of Australia, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Cohealth, Deaf Victoria, Drummond St Services, Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Gateway Health, Mind Australia, Islamic Council of Australia, Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, Sacred Heart Mission, Yooralla and the Hindu Council of Australia.

The vaccination third-dose blitz will roll out over this month, with up to 300,000 doses expected to be administered in the state-run system alone to supplement the up to 600,000 Victorians a week able to be vaccinated through GPs and pharmacists.

Currently, 11 per cent of Victorians 12 and over have already received a third dose of vaccine, including booster doses and third primary doses for immunocompromised people.


Visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine for more information and links on how to book your vaccine through state-run centres, GPs and pharmacies

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