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Outreach Vaccination Clinic partners with ACCESS Logan Central

22 October 2021

As part of a strategic partnership with Metro South Health, Access in Logan Central was specifically chosen to host a COVID-19 outreach vaccination clinic thanks to the welcoming space and existing confidence already established between the service and the Logan community.

Having spent years servicing the Logan community through various nursing initiatives, Metro South Vaccination Program Site Lead, Karen Taylor knows firsthand the best way to support residents in the cultural diversity capital of the southeast. 

“Our goal is to make vaccination against COVID-19 easier and more accessible for the local community by linking with community hubs like Access

“I have worked as part of this community for a long time ensuring our maternity, child and youth and refugee health services are easy to connect with; this is what we are aiming to achieve with the outreach vaccination clinics currently rolling out across the health service,” she said. 

Logan is the most culturally diverse community in Queensland, home to over 250,000 people born in other countries around the world. 

“Because of that, our goal is to meet the Logan community in spaces and hubs that are simpler for them to attend and which are familiar to them so that we have removed some of the barriers to accessing vaccination. 

“We are working with our existing stakeholders through Metro South’s Health Equity and Access Unit to spread the message at the ground level and generate a level of trust to promote the safety of the vaccine,” she said. 

Clinics that work with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients such as Access work on a walk-in basis which removes the complicated registration process, and clients will hear about vaccination options on presentation or through an expression of interest shared by community liaison representatives. 

“Our existing relationships with community leaders and partnership organisations means there is already a level of trust for our service when we set up our vaccination clinic within their service. 

“This approach is working well and has seen a strong uptake of 810 vaccinations at Access Logan Central over a number of week-long rotations since it began in late August,” she said.   

As the service progresses, and more vaccine supply is made available, Karen hopes this similar approach within other CALD community organisations will be as effective in increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.
 

Last updated 22 October 2021
Last reviewed 22 October 2021

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