Another $21m towards Vic COVID-19 vax push

The funding builds on the neighbourhood pop-up vaccination clinics that started last week.
The funding builds on the neighbourhood pop-up vaccination clinics that started last week.

As Victoria races towards exiting its sixth lockdown, another $21 million will be spent to vaccinate those who have faced barriers in getting their COVID-19 jab.

The funding will target those living with a disability, at-risk youth, seniors, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, social housing residents and family violence survivors.

Included is $13 million for those with complex needs, such as those in the child protection system, and will help them book appointments, arrange transport and offer respite or childcare.

There will also be $2.5 million for volunteer organisations such as neighbourhood houses, men's sheds and multicultural groups to encourage their communities to get vaccinated.

"As you have seen, we have taken this program right into local communities, with pop-ups and micro pop-ups, literally neighbourhood vaccination activity, end of your street vaccination activity," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Tuesday.

"It is one of the reasons why some local government areas of significant concern to us only a few weeks ago have gone from 50 per cent single dose to over 90 per cent single dose in just a matter of weeks."

The funds further build on the neighbourhood pop-up vaccination clinics that started last week at cafes, shopping centres, bowls clubs and gyms.

Australian Associated Press