COVID-19

Surprise locations for vaccine pop-ups

The state government launched it’s latest push on Wednesday in the rush to get the population protected.The neighbourhood pop-up vaccine clinic will start being rolled out at cafe, gyms, clubs and shopping strips across the suburbs from Wednesday.The first one to open will be Degani’s Mernda Junction cafe in Melbourne’s outer north, and more Degani locations are set to follow.Health Minister Martin Foley said the local pop-ups at a vast array of places would help Victorians feel comfortable getting the jab at culturally safe locations.“These neighbourhood pop-up models are designed to support Victorians to get access and vaccine, Pfizer in particular, in the most convenient, familiar and easy to deal with locations,” he said.“And, equally, in culturally safe and protective locations for those Victorians who might need that further reassurance as to the need to come forward and get vaccinated.”The government is hoping the familiar settings will be key to getting the remainder of the population vaccinated.The pop-ups will be able to vaccinate dozens of people over two-to-three hour periods.No bookings will be required at the neighbourhood pop-ups, which will be placed within marquees on shopping strips, inside cultural and community centres, or within popular retail, food and gym outlets.The local clinics are also planned for several Neighbourhood Houses, and Foundation House will offer vaccinations for new migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.Mr Foley said a particular focus would be the neighbourhoods of Melbourne’s north, west and southeast, with Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Glenroy and South Morang next on the list.Victoria reached a key vaccination milestone overnight with more than 60 per cent of the population now fully vaccinated.Lockdown is set to end in Victoria around October 26 when 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and older are fully vaccinated.As of Wednesday, at least 87.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 60.9 per cent were fully [email protected]

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