VACCHO Excited To Launch ACCO COVID-19 Vaccine Vans

Aug 4, 2021

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is excited to announce the launch of two dedicated ACCHO COVID-19 Vaccine Vans, set to visit the City of Greater Shepparton and Latrobe Valley from next week.  

The vaccine vans will play a crucial role in helping make the COVID-19 vaccine available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who have had difficulties accessing the vaccine. 

VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher said the vans will help assist our Member organisations in their work to protect the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across Victoria against COVID-19. 

“Building on the hard work of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations across the state – the vans will boost support of COVID-19 vaccine delivery to community members during regional residencies across Victoria over the coming weeks and months.” 

“VACCHO and our Member organisations understand that getting access to the vaccine has also been a hurdle for some members of our community – and we believe the rollout of dedicated vaccine vans will play an important part  in taking the vaccine to community members who have struggled to gain access.” 

“The vaccination vans aim to remove barriers to accessing COVID-19 vaccinations, such as geographical distance and access to transport, so that all members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community can get vaccine access to protect them against COVID-19.” 

With record-high COVID-19 case numbers being recorded across Victoria this week, VACCHO believes the dedicated vans will play an important role in improving vaccination rates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across the country. 

“Recent outbreaks across Victoria combined with plans to reopen the state means that there is an urgent need for our community to get vaccinated as soon as possible.” 

“We must be mindful of the fact that risk factors for COVID-19 are disproportionately higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to a combination of factors including pre-existing health concerns, pressing mental health and wellbeing issues, and people living in overcrowded or transient accommodation.” 

Information on regional vaccine van visits schedule will become available on the VACCHO website and Facebook page. 

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VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher believes it is time to create a new day that is inclusive for everyone.

“It is time for us to press the reset button and create a new day – a new date – a day where we can all celebrate and feel included. January 26 is not that day – January 26 hurts.”

“Change needs to be led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with our voices at the forefront, but we need allies around us, and we need a focus on educating all Australians about the true history of this country.”

“We also need a bold and brave government to make this change. Last year we saw the government listen to Aboriginal leaders and free the flag – we must keep the momentum going and do something about this date.”

“The time for change is well and truly overdue and needs to happen now.”

 

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Background 

VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Victoria – the only one of its kind – with 32 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 65,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.