Northern Health has closed its mass vaccination hub at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre (PRACC) following a successful campaign which has seen local vaccination rates soar.
The centre was opened in June when local vax rates were well below the state average. Last week the City of Whittlesea hit the 90% double vaccinated milestone for those aged 15 and above and 93.4% single vaccinated.
City of Whittlesea CEO Craig Lloyd said the centre had achieved its goal of getting large numbers of people vaccinated as quickly as possible with 241,190 vaccines delivered by Northern Health.
“The City of Whittlesea was proud to work with the Victorian Government and DPV Health initially, followed by Northern Health to support the mass vaccination site,” he said.
“Now with 90% of our community double vaxxed, it’s time to return PRACC to community use again in 2022.
Mr Lloyd thanked the community for supporting the vaccination efforts.
“We know how important it was for our community to be vaccinated to be able to get back to what they love and we look forward to seeing everyone back enjoying entertainment at PRACC next year,” he said.
Northern Health’s Director of Operations, Infection Prevention, Madelaine Flynn said Northern Health was incredibly grateful for the partnership with City of Whittlesea to vaccinate the local community at PRACC.
“Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our community, so we are proud to have made a significant contribution to reaching over 90 per cent vaccination rate,” she said.
Northern Health ceased vaccination at PRACC on Sunday 5 December and reopened the next day at the Northern Centre for Health, Education and Research building at the Northern Hospital. (Entry is via Cooper St alongside the COVID testing). Vaccination hours are 9.45am to 5.20pm.
Bookings for PRACC will reopen in the new year.