VACCHO Celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Response to ACCO Vaccine Vans

Nov 4, 2021

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation are celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community for embracing the ACCO Vaccine Vans as they hit the road for their ninth consecutive week of residencies.  

The vans have successfully administered hundreds of vaccinations to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Mildura, Shepparton, Warrnambool, Seymour, Wodonga, Benalla, Morwell, Drouin, and Warragul. 

VACCHO sincerely thanks its Member organisations, Star Health, the Victorian Department of Health and most importantly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community for their work in supporting the vans to protect the community against COVID-19. 

According to Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) data 87.8% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria aged 15 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination whilst 83.5% are fully vaccinated. 

VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher AO congratulated the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community for embracing the ACCO Vaccine Vans but says that there is still work to do. 

“I’m so proud of our community in welcoming the vans with open arms – it has been incredible. We have seen some great outcomes achieved by the ACCO vaccine van. This reflects what trust looks like in the community.” 

“I have also been particularly pleased to see so many Elders coming to visit the vans to have a yarn and get vaccinated.” 

“There is still plenty of work to do. With summer and Christmas holidays about to get underway – it is important to be vaccinated so we can safely catch up with family and friends.” 

Vaccine Van Residency Details  

This week the ACCO Vaccine Van will be located at Mungabareena, 21 Hovell Street, Wodonga – Tuesday the 14th (today) and Wednesday the 15th (tomorrow) of December, 9am – 4pm.  It will be situated at the Community Rehabilitation Centre – 58 Samaria Road, Benalla from 10am and 4pm on Thursday 16 December. 

If you have any questions, please call 0477 988 010. 

No bookings are required.

For media inquiries contact Michael Lynch on 0427 760 936 or email media@vaccho.org.au

BACKGROUND

VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria – the only one of its kind – with 32 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 25,000 Aboriginal people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.

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Background 

VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria – the only one of its kind – with 32 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 25,000 Aboriginal people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.