Two targeted COVID-19 vaccination events in Kwinana this week will support Aboriginal people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Both initiatives are designed to improve access to vaccination for Aboriginal families in Perth’s southern corridor.
Aboriginal people and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of severe illness and dying from COVID-19. Large and extended families living together are also at greatest risk from the spread of any infectious disease.
Tomorrow (September 17), the Moorditj Djena Aboriginal podiatry and diabetes van will be converted into a COVID-19 vaccination van at the NAIDOC event in Kwinana. No appointments are needed.
Aboriginal children, teens 12 years and older and adults will be able to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination and are encouraged to visit staff at the van outside the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre from 10.30am to 1.30pm.
On Sunday, September 19, an Aboriginal Family Day will be held at the Kwinana Vaccination Clinic, Kwinana Supa Centre, Meares Road, Kwinana Town Centre (next to Repco). All Aboriginal people aged 12 years and above will be able to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination on a ‘walk-in’ basis from 9am to 3.30pm. No bookings will be required.
The family day, run in conjunction with Moorditj Koort, the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, Lions Club of Kwinana and with support from the City of Kwinana, will include a sausage sizzle, coffees, food van and other giveaways for the first 100 people vaccinated.
State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across Western Australia, with locations listed on the HealthyWA website.
A range of GPs, GP respiratory clinics, pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services can also provide the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than two million vaccinations have been administered to Western Australians across the State. About 60 per cent of WA’s eligible population has had at least one vaccine dose.
As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:
“I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to get vaccinated, but I especially encourage Aboriginal people to take advantage of this opportunity.
“If we need any reminders of the risks we need only look to western NSW where at least three Aboriginal people have tragically died from COVID-19 with Aboriginal people making up most of the confirmed cases.
“I don’t want that to happen here. Roll up and get vaccinated. Protect yourself, your family and your friends.
“More of these initiatives are being planned for the future.”