Sunraysia Community Health Services (SCHS) CEO, Simone Heald has announced that the organisation has been contracted as a vaccination sub-hub, partnering with Bendigo Health, who is the region’s State- funded vaccination site.

“We will now receive allocations of both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines on a weekly and ongoing basis,” Ms Heald said.

The sub-hub will operate from the Army Drill Hall (Kairivu Barracks) in San Mateo Avenue and SCHS acknowledges the support of Bendigo Health, the Department of Defence, Mildura Rural City Council, Mallee District Aboriginal Service and Mildura Base Public Hospital to establish this site.

“Initially, bookings will be by appointment only. We are currently working hard to get this clinic set up and will soon be able to take bookings,” Ms Heald said.

“We hope to commence the State run sub-hub vaccination clinic from the week of Monday, June 14.
“Appointments will be available to people under the age of 50 who are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine as part of the 1a and 1b rollout and people aged 40 – 49 years.
“People aged 50 years and over, who are eligible for the AstaZeneca vaccine, are encouraged to book through participating GP clinics and the Mildura Respiratory Assessment Clinic via www.hotdoc.com.au.”

Last week it was announced that Victorians aged 40-49 years would be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at state run vaccination sites however, until now there has been limited availability of the Pfizer vaccine in Mildura.

“Over the past couple of months Bendigo Health has visited Mildura to deliver Pfizer vaccines to frontline health workers and those eligible under phase 1a and 1b of the rollout,” Shelley Faulks Manager Clinic Programs SCHS,” said.

“We have been negotiating with Bendigo Health for some time to develop a sub-hub, allowing greater access to the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Our supply of AstraZeneca vaccines locally has been good, with a number of GP clinics including SCHS, administering the vaccine to our community.
“We have been pleased with the response from people in the 50+ age group to get their vaccinations.”

SCHS has been inundated with calls from the community since last week’s announcement of the expansion of vaccination criteria to include the 40-49 year old age group, however until now Mildura’s closest State run vaccination site was in Bendigo.

Bendigo Health Regional Vaccination and Screening Program Manager, Dan Sheard said the new clinic would build on the existing partnership in the region with Sunraysia Community Health Services.

“This will give the people of Sunraysia and the Mallee greater access to the COVID-19 vaccines,” Mr Sheard said.

“The quicker we can all get vaccinated, the safer our region will be.”