SALHN COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic recognised

18 January 2022

(Southern Health News, December 2021)

The COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic was named winner of the Excellence in Strengthening Partnerships category.

The SA Health Awards showcase excellence in the public health sector and recognise and reward individuals, teams, programs or projects that have significantly improved the delivery of health services to the South Australian community. They also honour the commitment of those who work to improve the performance of the public health sector.

SALHN’s mobile vaccination clinic was developed following consultation with local community  groups and stakeholders, and is made up of clinical, pharmacy and administration staff who are trained to provide outreach vaccinations to the community.

The mobile vaccination team provides COVID-19 vaccinations to people within a setting they are most comfortable and supported in. The clinic has visited more than 30 community groups, including domestic violence, homeless, mental health, culturally and linguistically diverse consumer groups.

Working closely with local councils and other services, the mobile vaccination clinic service reaches out to vulnerable members of the community.

Early in the vaccination program a consumer group was established to identify vaccine hesitancy groups, that would be reluctant to attend the mass vaccination clinics and those who might have cultural or other barriers preventing them from attending mass vaccination clinics.The goal for this program was to reach those groups and make them comfortable in obtaining their vaccines.

The mobile vaccination clinic has now vaccinated more 3,715 vulnerable people and at-risk community members.

Kelly Hall, Operations Manager Southern Adelaide COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Service & Project Manager COVID-19 Programs, said receiving the award was an honour.

“We feel so pleased that our little clinic that doesn’t achieve the big vaccination numbers has still been recognised by SA Health. We have achieved our vision of reaching out to some of our most vulnerable consumers and our local community.”

“I am honoured to work with such a passionate team of staff who really embrace this vision. Their dedication and commitment in always giving their utmost to breaking down the barriers and empowering our vulnerable consumers to feel safe in their care.”