Grants launched to get kids vaccinated in schools

Kids vaccination blitz: Grants to help set up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in schools are available as part of efforts to prevent the spread. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

The Victorian Government has announced a $4 million Primary Care Vaccinations in Schools program to help vaccinate 5-11-year-olds against COVID-19.

The grants will trusted local health professionals, such as pharmacists and general practitioners, deliver vaccines in areas that need more uptake.

The mini vaccination clinics can be set up on school grounds outside of school hours to address identified access challenges or areas with an increased transmission risk.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said they are “doing all we can” to get people of all age groups vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccination is the best thing you do to keep your children and family safe — get the kids vaccinated and your third dose at the same time,” he said.

“With 30 vaccination centres at schools, more than 35 vaccination centres in the community, plus grants for GPs and pharmacies to deliver more vaccines, we are doing all we can to get jabs into arms of young and old.”

Applicants will nominate the local government area, number of schools and number of students they can help — with successful applicants then matched with schools in priority areas.

Successful applicants can get up to $6500 for staffing, travel and equipment costs, with a $5000 establishment fee per school also available.

Additional cost loadings for specialist schools, small schools and regional schools are also available.

The state government has also rolled out 30 pop-up vaccination clinics at primary schools across the state for all children aged five to 11.

Clinics are opening in primary schools in Hume, Latrobe, Mildura, Moreland, Shepparton, Wodonga, Wyndham and more.

The kids-focused grants come as the latest round of the Vaccine Enhancement Grants comes to a close, which distributed $3.4 million in funding to 270 providers.

The program reached 22 priority LGAs, with 51 grants given to regional providers and 586 expressions of interest received.