Mayor and CEOs officially open Coburg vaccine hub

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Published May 18 2021

Merri Health CEO, Tassia Michaleas, DPV Health CEO, Don Tidbury and Mayor of Moreland, Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan to open a new vaccination hub in Coburg today.

Merri Health and DPV Health have come together to bring the local community a free, safe and effective vaccine hub at the Uniting Church in Victoria Street Coburg.

"It’s now quicker and easier for people in Moreland to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. We’re delighted to partner with DPV Health to bring the Coburg vaccination hub to the diverse local community and help them stay healthy and safe." Tassia Michaleas, CEO of Merri Health

The vaccination centre will be open until 4 June (Mon-Fri) from 9:30am-4:30pm with both walk-ins and bookings available. Call 1300 378 829 to book. 

The hub will only be administering the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) approved AstraZeneca vaccine to those aged 50 and over or referred by a doctor.

Click here to find out more about the vaccine and see if you're eligible.

"We are so fortunate to have this vaccine centre for the next few weeks at Moreland in Coburg at the Uniting Church. We encourage everyone who is eligible to come on down and get vaccinated. We thank DPV Health and Merri Health for their partnership in helping to keep our community safe." Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan, Mayor of Moreland

Merri Health is coordinating the site, while trained DPV Health staff administer the vaccinations. DPV are a government approved COVID-19 vaccinator.

"DPV Health is thrilled to partner with Merri Health on this essential public health initiative. Working together, our organisations in the broader community health sector, are making a substantial contribution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community." Don Tidbury, CEO of DPV Health

Merri Health have adapted quickly over the past year by setting up COVID-19 testing sites almost overnight, and running them seven days a week for over five months. To abide by the social distancing laws Merri introduced telehealth and have continued to provide health and wellbeing support services throughout this extraordinary time, remotely via telephone, videoconference and face-to-face. The organisation has even grown some services including the Carer Gateway program and the High-risk Accommodation Response (HRAR) program. 

Merri Health's HRAR team, who were key in bringing the hub to Coburg, have also partnered with DPV to bring a vaccine van to one of the high-risk properties they support.

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Merri Health's HRAR team have been critical in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in public housing and other high-risk accommodation with shared facilities. Now, their mission is to engage and raise awareness to their 161 supported properties regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. Click here to find out more.