Vaccinations for Tasmanians experiencing homelessness

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Health

The Tasmanian Government has partnered with Moreton Group Medical Services to deliver vaccinations at common gathering points for those experiencing homelessness.

This includes people sleeping rough, at risk of homelessness and in long and short-term emergency accommodation.

Tasmanians experiencing homelessness who do not access specialist homelessness services are also being targeted through clinics on the street, visits to caravan parks, and collaboration with the Department of Communities for all brokered accommodation.

We are also collaborating with the Salvation Army through its ‘Street to Home’ program in the South and the Doorways emergency relief programs in the North and North-West.

Moreton Group Medical Services has been delivering these vaccinations for the past 15 weeks, and has so far delivered more than 400 vaccine doses.

This is part of the Tasmanian Government’s efforts to get as many Tasmanians vaccinated as possible.

We have also run more than 60 clinics in different locations across the state, including specialist clinics for NDIS participants and carers and aged care workers, tourism and hospitality eligible workers, meat processing and priority emergency service workers.

This is one of the largest health logistics exercises in our country’s history, and Tasmania has been leading the way.

Vaccination remains our best defence against COVID-19 and I’d like to thank Tasmanians for rolling up their sleeves and protecting themselves, their families and the community.

To find out whether you are eligible for a vaccine, please visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccination/vaccine-eligibility

You can make an appointment by calling the Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738, or online at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccination/Book-your-vaccine

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