Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Health and Acting Minister for Education
I’m pleased to confirm that we will be doing a Back to School Vax Blitz across the State with pop up clinics and walk ins available over the coming week.
They will be heavily promoted as we encourage parents to get their children vaccinated before they head back to the classroom. Today walk ins are promoted at Clarence and Ulverstone clinics and tomorrow walk ins will be encouraged at South Launceston and Bridgewater clinics.
I understand parents are seeking flexibility in school holidays so walk ins provide opportunity for those to get their children vaccinated before school goes back at a time that suits them.
Our vaccination roll-out for our 5-11 years old continues to track strongly, with 46 per cent of eligible children now having received their first dose.
Our state clinics are specially organised to accommodate children of this age group with nurses trained in paediatric vaccination and longer appointment times.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to ensure that a COVID vaccine is on your back-to-school list for every child over five in your household.
We have enough doses to ensure all eligible children can get their first vaccination before school returns, whether that’s in a state clinic or GP clinic.
We will have more to say on week long blitz tomorrow.