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Forest of protection captivating youngsters

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

The Community Vaccination Hub in Norlane has been transformed into a ‘forest of protection’ to help make the vaccination hub a more welcoming and calm environment for children. The theming, which has been developed by the Department of Health, includes Australian native animals, trees and a vaccination tree of protection that children can place a leaf on once vaccinated.

Vaccinations commence on Monday 10 January and there has been very strong demand for bookings with many dates already fully booked.

Director of the Barwon South West Public Health Unit, Professor Eugene Athan, is pleased to see the demand at a time when vaccinations are playing a big role in how COVID0-19 is managed.

“Getting vaccinated is an important defence against COVID-19. The vaccine provides significant protection against all strains of the virus, including Omicron,” he said.

“A number of days next week are already fully booked at the Community Vaccination Hub in Norlane and our disability liaison officers have also experienced a high demand from parents seeking an appointment for our special access children’s clinic in Belmont. This is very encouraging to see, especially as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our region and across the country.”

one youngster who received her vaccination recently at the hub was Aaliya. Aaliya's Mum Dom was impressed with how easy and comfortable the experience was for their family,

"It was such an easy experience. The nurse put a band aid on Aaliya's arm and then asked her to find the duck on the picture and it was done! She did the jab through the band aid," she said.

To make a booking for a child aged 5-11, call 1800 675 398. Bookings essential. No walk-ins for children.

For children with special needs, please contact Barwon Health's Disability Liaison Office who can assist you with your child's vaccination options on 0434 856 014 or [email protected]

PHOTO ABOVE: Aaliya placing her leaf on the tree of protection.

PHOTOS BELOW: The kids vaccination frorest of protectiong theming at the Community Vaccination Hub in Norlane.