This blitz comes after construction sites, like the one in Box Hill, were identified as a major source of transmission.
Construction workers around Melbourne are encouraged to get vaccinated, with major vaccination centres open for walk-ins, and unlimited access to AstraZeneca. The construction sector was identified as a transmission risk, as several of the workers are young, highly mobile and unvaccinated.
Four major vaccination centres, the Ford Campellfield site, the Heidelberg Repat, Eagle Stadium in Wyndham and the former Bunnings site in Melton, will be open to construction workers for walk-ins between 8am to 11am from today until Sunday September 26.
Meanwhile, the Ford and Repat sites will also be open for walk-ins between 5pm and 8pm. On Thursdays and Fridays, the Wyndham and Melton sites will also be open for walk-ins between 5pm and 6pm. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to those under the age of 60.
“The construction sector’s ability to remain open is on a knife’s edge, and to ensure they can keep building, people need to get vaccinated and follow the rules,” said Treasurer Tim Pallas.
Roughly 20, 000 Pfizer appointments will also be made available to construction workers across Victoria, except for drive-through sites. Workers are advised to book through the Coronavirus Hotline onbetween Monday and Friday this week to receive priority access.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will also provide AstraZeneca to walk-ins each afternoon, from 3pm onwards, for the next fortnight.
Pop-up vaccination sites in priority postcodes across Melbourne
Construction workers aren’t the only Melburnians receiving vaccination priority. A pop-up vaccination program will target 100 postcodes across the state, with a focus on the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.
“We are tailoring our vaccination rollout to remove any barriers that might otherwise stop someone from getting vaccinated,” said Premier Dan Andrews.
Five community pop-ups will be based in Hume, Dandenong and Casey. These will be hosted in both council and religious settings, to offer support for local diverse communities.
In addition to that, there will be eight pop-ups in schools. These include 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.
This is just the start of school-based pop-up centres, with the Victorian government eyeing 70 schools for future use.
“These new sites have been established in areas with identified vulnerabilities and barriers to access, and – together with the 70 school pop-up clinics – will ensure all VCE students can get vaccinated during the current blitz,” said Minister for Health Martin Foley.
Of course, while these pop-ups are available, any Victorian can get a vaccine from their GP or from selected pharmacies.
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