Reduced vaccine capacity

Sunshine Hospital's covid-19 hub. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 236412_06

Tara Murray

Western Health’s vaccine program is being scaled back including at Sunshine Hospital as more the population is vaccinated.

Western Health announced changes on its website to a number of its vaccination sites going forward.

“We’ll continue to provide vaccination services (both sit-down and drive-through) at our Melton site and at Sunshine Hospital with reduced cubicles to match reduced demand,” the website said.

“The sites at Melton and Sunshine have the capacity to increase to meet demand for booster doses as required and also to support the vaccination hub’s role in the under-12 age group.”

Western Health’s outreach vaccination service will continue targeted work across the west metro region.

The sit down vaccine hub at Eagle Stadium in Werribee has closed, with the drive through service to end on December 17.

The Melbourne Showgrounds site will close on December 5.

First, second, third and booster doses will be available at the Western Health remaining sites and at participating GPs and pharmacies.

There are still a number of pop-up vaccine hubs running across St Albans, Sunshine, Deer Park and Keilor.

The Deer Park hub will be at the Deer Park Hall every Thursday until December 16 between 9am and 4pm.

A pop-up vaccination hub will run at the Old Shire Hall in Keilor on Tuesdays, until December 14 between 9am and 4pm.

In St Albans, a vaccination hub at the Tin Shed will run daily between 10am and 4pm until November 28, while vaccinations will be available at the Senior Citizens Centre on Fridays until December 17.

In Sunshine, there will be vaccines available at the Visy Cares Hub on Wednesdays between 9am and 4pm until December 15. They will be offering first and second doses of Pfizer and second doses of Astrazenca.

All of the hubs are accepting walk-ins.