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Flying doctor delivers vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccines are getting to some of the most remote parts of the country.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Frank Quinlan told a Senate inquiry yesterday the service had delivered 21,000 vaccine doses in rural and remote communitie­s.

As well, the RFDS had provided logistical support for the transport of a further 15,000 doses, which were then delivered by local health services.

He said the aviation regulator CASA helpfully streamline­d rules to enable the service to continue to cross borders and for staff to move around the country, while maintainin­g aircraft safety.

The vaccines were provided following direct requests from remote communitie­s or government.

Mr Quinlan said the RFDS’s broader work was also continuing through the use of 77 aircraft and 140 road vehicles.

In the past year there were 320,000 patient contacts, 40,000 aeromedica­l retrievals and 21,000 primary health clinics.

‘‘We flew 27 million kilometres in 2020 — as we often say, 34 return trips to the moon,’’ Mr Quinlan said.

 ?? Picture: AAP/supplied ?? Flying in vaccines: The most remote parts of Australia are getting COVID-19 vaccines courtesy of the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, an inquiry has heard.
Picture: AAP/supplied Flying in vaccines: The most remote parts of Australia are getting COVID-19 vaccines courtesy of the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, an inquiry has heard.

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