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RFDS buses roll out to boost Covid vaccination rates in rural towns

Date published

17 Oct 2021

Two former public transport buses, donated by the Tasmanian Government and transformed into mobile health clinics with a $100,000 Commonwealth Government grant and funds raised by Rotary Tasmania, will visit 23 townships across the north, north-east, north-west, west coast, southern midlands, and central highlands over an initial three-week period.

Vaccination schedule

Local people aged 12 and above can turn up on the day without an appointment and receive a Pfizer vaccination aboard the bus. The service will return to each township three weeks later to give the second dose.
In week one, starting 18 October, the mobile clinic will head to St Leonards on Monday, Westbury on Tuesday, Strahan, Beaconsfield and Beauty Point on Wednesday, Tullah on Thursday and Waratah on Friday.
In week tw, the service will visit Mole Creek, Edith Creek, Irishtown, Sassafras, Redpa and Railton.
The bus will then stop at Miena, Bridport, Gladstone, Kempton, Colebrook, Ringarooma, Parattah, Tunnack, Winnaleah, and Woodsdale in week three.

The full list of dates, locations and times is also published on the Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus webpage and are available above.The mobile vaccination clinics will be staffed by Department of Health immunisers, RFDS Tasmania staff and volunteers.All Tasmanians aged 12 and over can also get vaccinated at a state-run community clinic, pharmacy, or GP surgery.To find out more visit or call 1800 671 738.

The RFDS continues to be part of the national pandemic response, working closely with the Commonwealth, Aboriginal Medical Services, Primary Health Networks, Local Hospital Districts and State governments.

RFDS is running a community-led vaccination program to isolated and remote communities across Australia.

As of 8 October the RFDS nationally had given 52,869 doses in 358 locations, with 1352 clinics days completed.

RFDS Tasmania is proud to play a part in the fight against Covid-19 and in protecting the health of all Tasmanians.