Melbourne Market Vaccine Hub

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COVID-19 Vaccination Hub opening at the Melbourne Market

The MMA is pleased to announce that after months of advocating for the market community, a COVID-19 Vaccination Hub will open at the Melbourne Market. Vaccinations will be available for all market access cardholders, contractors and transport operators. 

Why have the MMA advocated for a COVID-19 Vaccination Hub on-site?
Widespread vaccination is Australia’s only way out of this pandemic. 
A Vaccination Hub at the Melbourne Market will ensure as many individuals have the opportunity to be vaccinated as possible.  
The Melbourne Market is essential in the food and fresh flower supply chain in Victoria.  If the market community take advantage of this fast-tracked vaccination program, it will not only protect the health of ourselves and our loved ones but protect market businesses and livelihoods.   

When will the Vaccination Hub open?
From 3am on Monday 23rd August, a team of 10-15 clinicians will begin administering COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines to members of the market community at the Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub. The hub will be open for three weeks to administer first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to market users. Austin Health (who is leading the rollout of the vaccination program across Melbourne’s north east) will run the Vaccination Hub in partnership with the Department of Health. 

What times will the Vaccination Hub be open?
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 3am to 9am
Tuesday and Thursday – 6am to12pm
These hours may change subject to demand.

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Every Melbourne Market access cardholder will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub; this includes sellers, buyers, office workers, commercial tenants, warehouse workers, transport operators, contractors, cleaners and everyone else, in both the fruit and veg and flower markets.
All market users aged over 16 years will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at the Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub. 

Where will the Vaccination Hub be located?
The Vaccination Hub will be set up in office spaces of tenancies 77 and 79 on level 1 of the Buyers’ Walk. A map showing the location and flow of foot traffic is included below. The office tenancies being used are in a central location of the market and have the room to administer vaccinations to multiple people at one time. There will also be a dedicated space for the mandatory 15-minute post-vaccine monitoring area; all while ensuring social distancing. The MMA would like to thank the team at GA Tresco for allowing us to use the space to benefit our market community. 

Do I need an appointment?
Initially, Austin Health is recommending a walk-in approach to vaccine rollout at the Melbourne Market. From vaccine registration through to going back to work, the process will take a minimum of 30 minutes. During the rollout, there will be periods of longer and shorter wait times during the morning. We ask for your patience and understanding as we manage wait times. The MMA will use the internal PA system to alert market users during slow or busy periods to try and streamline the vaccination process. The clinical team from Austin Health will only be onsite for three weeks; we recommend you get your vaccine as soon as possible to avoid missing out. 

What should I expect when getting the vaccine?
You will need to bring along your Medicare card and a form of identification such as a driver’s licence (your market access card will not be considered sufficient ID). Just like with any other vaccine you receive, after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you will be required to stay in the Vaccination Hub after your injection for 15 minutes to be monitored in the unlikely event of any adverse effects. 

When will I get my second dose?
Getting your first Pfizer dose at the Melbourne Market will allow you to get your second dose at any other state-run vaccination centre. If there is sufficient demand, the Vaccination Hub may be re-established to support the administration of second doses.

I have some further questions about the vaccine.
The Department of Health has detailed information about the vaccines on its website in multiple languages.  
If you have further questions, such as medical queries, you should speak with your healthcare practitioner. You can also call the Victorian Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
If you have any questions regarding the Vaccination Hub process at the market, you can contact the MMA. 

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