MOBILE vaccinations will travel across the region to ensure access to a Pfizer or AstraZeneca for people who are unable to travel to a vaccination hub.
‘Jabba the Bus’ has begun their service, taking vaccine passengers in the north-east region, covering areas including Greater Shepparton, Moira, Murrindindi, Campaspe, Mitchell, Strathbogie, Benalla and Mansfield Council areas.
The vaccination bus, made a reality thanks to GV Health, Dyson Group and the Victorian Department of Health, is decked out with three vaccination pods and a waiting area to monitor patients after receiving their vaccine.
Jabba was built to remove barriers limiting access to COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly geographical distance and access to transport, which are factors that can profoundly impact regional Australians.
The vaccination bus was built to be disability-friendly, with ramp access and a dedicated pod that can accommodate a wheelchair and personal aids.
Roy Ward from Dyson’s received his first vaccination in the bus after cutting the ribbon.
“It was something that was such a simple idea, it made so much sense to us as a family business,” Mr Ward said.
“Our whole businesses around mobility for people out in the community and this really does that, it allows people that may not have access to transport or other means to be able to get vaccinated.”