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Morrison Government backs community transport service to support local vaccinations

I am delighted that from next Monday, Volunteering Geelong will start operating a new community transport program to support seniors and more vulnerable residents in our community with transport to local vaccination centres.

The new service, backed by a $262,000 grant from the Morrison Government and auspiced through the City of Greater Geelong, will provide wonderful support to Geelong residents who are experiencing vulnerability or have limited transport options to travel to Barwon Health’s north Geelong vaccination hub or local vaccination clinics.

The Morrison Government’s community transport investment will help to boost vaccination rates for older community members, people with disability or people living in high risk housing situations.

I congratulate Volunteering Geelong on his important initiative which has worked closely with Barwon Health, the Western Victoria PHN and the City. Up to 4,000 community members will be eligible to be transported to their vaccination with this new service.

Volunteering Geelong does so much good work in our community.  Its service will support up to 20 community members per day who will be transported in a Covid-safe manner to vaccination hubs across our region.

Key facts

  • The Community Transport Program is supported by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme via its COVID-19 Aged Care Industry Support Program.
  • Volunteering Geelong will collect eligible residents via two 8-seater vehicles performing two trips each day, one at 10:30am and a second at 2:00pm.
  • Each trip will be managed by a smart-booking system and with COVID-safe measures in place.
  • Barwon Health is also supporting the program by assisting COVID-19 vaccination bookings and for referrals of community members experiencing vulnerability.
  • For bookings, contact Volunteering Geelong on 5221 1377 during business hours or email [email protected].

2 July 2021

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