VCE students’ exam preparation this year includes a new element: getting vaccinated.
The state government is running a 12-day vaccination blitz – running until Friday – in a bid to vaccinate students before their first exam.
Teachers, VCE exam supervisors and supervisors are also part of the blitz, which gives them priority access with a dedicated phone booking line.
Western Health vaccine hub nursing manager Donald Johnson said there has been an influx of students getting their jabs at the health service’s Sunshine and Melton sites.
He said there was still some bookings available for students and encouraged anyone eligible to be vaccinated as part of the blitz to take up the opportunity.
“The take up has been really good,” he said.
“We’ve opened up as many cubicles we could to get more people through.”
Mai Tabei-Fahey, who goes to Footscray High School, got her first injection on Thursday. She said it had been fairly easy to book in for her first dose
“I’m pretty happy about it,” she said.
“Just with exams coming up it was good to get the first dose.”
Jonathan Sorbello, who is in year 12 at Catholic Regional College in Sydenham, also got vaccinated.
Mr Johnson said Western Health was vaccinating about 2100 people a day across all age groups at Sunshine.