Vaccine rollout continues across Victoria
March 10, 2021
Regional Victoria has welcomed another new hospital vaccination hub, with the Minister for Health Martin Foley visiting Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon to launch the new service and congratulate local frontline health workers who were among the first in Eastern Victoria to be vaccinated.
Two thirds of hospital vaccination hubs in Victoria are now regionally based, with hubs managed by Goulburn Valley Health and Albury Wodonga Health also commencing this week. Victoria’s vaccine rollout will scale up according to the priority groups assigned by the Commonwealth, as has been the case from the beginning.
Since 22 February, hospital vaccination hubs have served Victorians in phase 1a of the Commonwealth-led program, including Hotel Quarantine workers, airport and port workers, and at-risk frontline health staff such as those in COVID-19 screening clinics, specialist COVID-19 wards, Intensive Care Units and Emergency Departments.
With Victoria receiving 50,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last Friday, hospital vaccination hubs at Austin Health, Barwon Health, Monash Health and Western Health will now begin administering the newly delivered AstraZeneca vaccine.
In rolling out the AstraZeneca vaccine and moving to the Commonwealth’s 1b phase, there will be more local vaccination centres linked to the state’s community health organisations and hospitals. They will be coordinated by the nine Local Public Health Units currently delivering services through hospital vaccination hubs.
The expansion will allow Victoria to commence vaccinations for other Commonwealth priority groups, including police, fire and other emergency services, and other healthcare workers.
There will also be more locations for Victorians in the Commonwealth’s priority cohorts to get vaccinated including fixed-site services at hospitals and community health centres, mobile outreach services, and high-volume centres located at large community sites.
This builds on the Commonwealth’s work delivering vaccines through general practices, community pharmacies and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
As at 10 March, more than 18,325 doses of the vaccine have been administered at Victoria’s hospital vaccination hubs. For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, visit health.gov.au.