The ‘COvan’ Mobile Vaccination Clinic is Coming to Town

A new COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic is set to tour rural and remote parts of the Cairns and Hinterland region, to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to health workers, and eligible community members.  

A team of up to six staff members, including a doctor, nurses, pharmacist and administration officer will be travelling onboard the COVan to each scheduled destination.

At each location, the COVan would be operated as a walk-in clinic, whereby no appointments are necessary for eligible people for vaccinations, however community members are encouraged to contact the booking hotline on 1800 861 863 to secure an appointment time. 

CHHHS executive director of rural and remote services, Tracey Morgan, said it was exciting to be able to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to the more remote parts of the region.  

“It doesn’t matter whether you are a nurse in a small, rural clinic or a ringer on a cattle station,” she said.

“When it comes to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all in this together.

“Vaccination can save thousands, if not millions of lives and the COVID-19 vaccine is still the best way to protect against this severe disease.

A dedicated motorhome fitted out with specialised equipment for vaccinating up to 150 people per day will be visiting the Douglas Shire from next week onwards.

The vehicle, dubbed the “COVan”, is visiting communities in the far North to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to staff at the Health Service’s rural and remote clinics, and eligible community members. 

‘To find out your eligibility and nearest vaccination location, contact your local Primary Healthcare Centre