COVID-19 Vaccination Grants Protecting Vulnerable Populations Across Western Victoria

Maximising COVID-19 Vaccinations Grant Outcomes

Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s (WVPHN) Maximising Vaccination Funding 2022 aimed to significantly increase the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster vaccinations across the WVPHN catchment area with a focus on vulnerable populations.

The grant was open to general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Commonwealth vaccination clinics to provide these services between February and June 2022, with thirteen immunisation providers awarded grants.

Targeted populations included: 5 – 11-year-old children, First Nations People, those experiencing homelessness, disability, frail, rural and remote areas with limited health options, culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse people, those not eligible for Medicare, aged care and disability workers, and those relocating to aged care facilities.

A total of 18,971 COVID-19 Vaccinations were provided as reported by grant recipients listed below:

  • Diversitat Multicultural Community Services Geelong (MCSG)
  • Surfcoast Medical Centre (Torquay)
  • Beaufort & Skipton Health Service
  • Geelong City Medical Clinic
  • Wheatfields Family Medical (Warracknabeal)
  • Robinson Street Medical Centre – Camperdown
  • Western Regional Alcohol & Drug Centre (WRAD)
  • Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Springs Medical (Daylesford)
  • Wathaurong
  • Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Ballarat & District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC)
  • Budja Bujda Aboriginal Cooperative

Home In-reach Vaccination

A total of 1,100 vaccinations were administered at home by various GP clinics throughout WVPHN from November 2021 – July 14, 2022.

Non-Medicare Card Holders

With a highly vaccinated population, the federal department shifted their focus to ensuring a vaccination service is provided to those who do not hold a current Australian Medicare card.

WVPHN has responded to this shift reimbursing (from 1 August 2022 onwards) the current MBS claimable amount to clinics who have provided COVID vaccinations to non-Medicare card holders. Information was disseminated to all vaccinating clinics regarding the available reimbursement.

Practices can provide a brief summary of the non-Medicare clients, their number and a Purchase Order for invoicing to the COVID Enquiry email.

 

*This is an update from an earlier media release: Strong rates of homebound vaccination protecting vulnerable populations across western Victoria

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