Central Highlands Rural Health has opened a vaccination clinic at Kyneton Health for 5-11- year-old children. The clinic is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Working with the Loddon-Mallee Vaccination Hub based at Bendigo Health, the Kyneton Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged between 5 and 11 years. They will receive a smaller dose of vaccine created specifically for their age group, as per government guidelines.

Lewis Kosloff tries out the “Smileyscope” VR headset while receiving his vaccination. His mother, Kathryn, looks on.

There is a range of resources to assist parents and children through the process. The clinic has been set up to appeal to children. They are welcomed by friendly nurses as they make their way through the Enchanted Forest themed vaccination clinic. A state-of-the-art virtual reality headset can be enjoyed by children visiting the clinic subject to availability. All children receive a goodie bag and lollipop when they attend their appointment.

Central Highlands Rural Health Director of Clinical Services, Susan Jennings said, “We’re really pleased to invite families into our clinic so that children aged 5-11 years can receive their
COVID-19 vaccinations. This is an important step in reducing the spread of COVID-19, protecting children from getting sick with COVID-19 and keeping schools open.”

“Now is the time to pick up the phone or jump on the website and make a booking – whether that’s with our clinic, a state-run vaccination centre, a pharmacy or your local GP. The important message stays
the same – everyone in our community should ‘Get the Jab Done’!” said ms Jennings.  “If you have questions about vaccinating your child against COVID-19 please book a consultation with your GP for medical advice.”

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kyneton Health offers a limited number of appointments on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton. Bookings can be made online https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ via the booking hotline on 1800 675 398.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://www.chrh.org.au/covid-19-vaccines/