Shepparton News

Mobile COVID-19 vax vans

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MELBOURNE: Victoria is preparing to roll out mobile vaccinatio­n vans to boost jab numbers in Indigenous communitie­s, religious groups and parts of the state with lagging rates.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the idea was raised in a weekly vaccinatio­n meeting and could involve currently unused dental vans.

The mobile vans would be taken to ‘‘trusted environmen­ts’’ and target parts of the state with lower vaccinatio­n rates.

He said planning work was under way to match up the staff to the vans and would build on the model for pop-up testing and vaccinatio­n clinics, such as the site recently establishe­d to manage the Al-Taqwa College outbreak.

In Victoria, 45,280 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have had at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine and 27,926 were fully vaccinated to Monday.

North-west (47.8 per cent) and south-east Melbourne (49.7 per cent) are the only two regions in the state with less than 50 per cent first dose coverage — with the statewide figure at 55.73 per cent.

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