OUTREACH VACCINE CLINICS
Vaccines are one of the most important developments in the history of medicine, protecting people from disease. Vaccination has led to the eradication of fatal diseases such as smallpox and rinderpest, and the importance of vaccination has only been highlighted in the COVID-19 pandemic, where immunisation with COVID-19 vaccines have allowed the world to return to normalcy.
People facing disadvantage have barriers to being vaccinated against disease, including the need to travel to a health clinic, costs associated with booking appointments, unfamiliarity with, and fear of, traditional medical settings, and vaccination misinformation. Recognising this, The VacSeen Project takes vaccines to where people feel most comfortable, and where they already are, in shelters, on the streets, and alongside other existing services. These pop-up outreach clinics to help people access vaccines, but more importantly, to answer questions about vaccines and to have conversations around the importance of vaccination and people’s health more generally.
These clinics are typically lead by an immunisation nurse with a medical student team helping with paperwork and compliance, and more than 70 clinics have been run across Queensland locations over the past year. Through these clinics, we have focused on the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.
By making it easier for people to protect themselves and leveraging the trust and relationships of our many partner organisations, we can help people protect themselves against COVID-19 and influenza, preventing sickness, hospitalisations, and deaths.
We are currently further developing our vaccination capabilities to provide more people with a vaccines against a broader array of disease, in more locations. We utilise the Australian Immunisation Record on site at these clinics, to get real-time updates about people’s vaccine history and allow us to work with friends to ensure that they are fully protected.
To get in touch about our vaccination clinics, or to find out more information, please get in touch here. If you would like The VacSeen Project to provide healthcare alongside your service, please click here.