I was delighted to visit Barwon Health’s Myer St Geelong vaccination centre which is currently prioritising frontline health workers, port workers and public aged care residents and workers.

Barwon Health is also preparing to run a large-scale community vaccination program, more details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

I met with Barwon Health’s CEO Frances Diver and the Co-Director of the Barwon Public Health Unit Misha Coleman who briefed me on the many safeguards which are being included in the vaccination program.

Barwon Health has been at forefront of the vaccination strategy in the Geelong region and has so far vaccinated 1,925 people in phase 1a of the vaccine rollout.

I was very pleased to meet Melchor, a port worker from Viva Energy and Rob, a patient services attendant from University Hospital Geelong, both of whom received their Pfizer vaccination.

Several private firms have been engaged to deliver the vaccine to private aged care residents and workers.

The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring that every Australian can access a safe, effective and free vaccine.

The COVID vaccine rollout is one of the biggest logistical exercises in Australia’s history, and it is being managed in a highly strategic, safe and efficient way, based on expert medical advice.

All Australians can be assured that the Morrison Government has secured more than sufficient doses of vaccines for everyone who chooses to have it.

For more information on Barwon Health’s vaccine efforts, please visit https://www.barwonhealth.org.au/coronavirus/

5 March 2021