Not-for-profit Westhaven is playing a part in preventing vulnerable residents of Dubbo from slipping through the cracks during the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
The charity, supporting people with disabilities, is on track to having its staff and willing clients vaccinated but wants to do more.
Westhaven has chosen to host clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine from Monday, September 20, to Thursday, September 23, at 32 Hawthorn Street.
A follow up clinic will operate from Monday, October 11, to Thursday, October 14.
The clinics, run by Aspen Medical, will be capable of vaccinating 250 people who have made bookings and 25 walk-ins each day.
The clinics are for people living with disability; disability workers and volunteers; housemates of a person living with disability; close family members of a person living with disability, and people who are experiencing homelessness, living in emergency accommodation, boarding houses or between temporary shelters.
People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, essential workers and anyone who has previously received a vaccination from Aspen Medical and needs a second jab are also eligible to make a booking.
Westhaven's general manager adult services Penny Gibbs reports almost all of its willing clients have been fully vaccinated and 60 per cent of its staff have received a jab.
"We are hoping to push a lot more staff through the vaccination clinic," she said.
Ms Gibbs said Westhaven was eager to help people in "vulnerable situations" get the vaccine and protect themselves and others from the deadly coronavirus.
The charity is also reaching out to service providers with clients wanting the jab including people without permanent homes.
"We really do hope that we have a number of people come forward," Ms Gibbs said.
"We've got the capacity and the more the better it will be for Dubbo in the long run."
Ms Gibbs is encouraging people who can meet the eligibility criteria for jabs at the clinics to visit westhaven.org.au.
She is urging use of a QR code on the website to make bookings for first and/or second jabs.
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