Bunbury Police Station pop-up clinic stops excess jabs going to waste

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
South West District Office Inspector Martin Voyez, center, with Aspen Medical Group's Jordan Garland, Gayla Morton, Kathleen Butler, Berenice Viljoen, Ami Gabriel, Jamie Timmons and Jessica Rosales.
Camera IconSouth West District Office Inspector Martin Voyez, center, with Aspen Medical Group's Jordan Garland, Gayla Morton, Kathleen Butler, Berenice Viljoen, Ami Gabriel, Jamie Timmons and Jessica Rosales.

A spur of the moment decision had helped saved COVID-19 vaccinations from going to waste while boosting jab numbers of frontline workers.

A team from the Aspen Medical Group was in Bunbury to vaccinate staff and residents at aged care and disability centres over a two-day period and found themselves with excess doses at the end of each day.

Rather than let the valuable jabs go to waste, the team contacted local police who leapt at the chance to get vaccinated by organising a “pop-up” clinic at the Bunbury Police Station.

“Through local engagement we identified the local police were an unvaccinated 1b cohort, and as such our teams provided them with COVID-19 vaccinations,” an Aspen Medical spokesperson said.

Inspector Martin Voyez from the South West Police District Office said the “pop-up” was a success, helping fulfil community expectations that WA Police officers and staff be fully vaccinated.

“We were very pleased that we were able to establish a temporary clinic in Bunbury to get our people vaccinated,” he said.

More than 66,000 South West residents have received their first COVID-19 vaccines and 31,000 people have had their second dose.

Nearly 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have now been administered in WA.

Vaccination rates expected to increase dramatically after eligibility was last week expanded to include people aged 16 to 29.

Under the new broadened criteria, people aged 12 years and over with underlying medical conditions, or who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or living in a remote community are also eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

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