The Traralgon Racecourse is becoming one of eight kid-friendly state-run flagship COVID vaccination centres to help children between five and 11 to get their jabs.
These sites are being transformed into a friendly “forest of protection” for kids, featuring Australian animals, entertainers, activities and showbags.
It comes as vaccine appointments for kids aged between five and 11 can now be booked online or through the coronavirus hotline.
Children can receive the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from January 10.
Online bookings require a unique email address, which can be the child’s address or another one belonging to a parent or guardian.
Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said getting children vaccinated would be providing them with “direct protection against COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission to loved ones and in schools”.
“We want to create a vaccination experience that is positive for the whole family,” Ms Allan said.
“The forest themed hubs have been designed to provide a welcoming and accessible experience for children of all backgrounds and abilities.”
The showbag of goodies will include a colouring-in book by First Nations artist Emma Bamblett, coloured pencils, stickers and fidget spinners.
The centres will have eucalyptus vaccination trees where kids can place a leaf with their name on it to help the tree grow, and parents can also add a leaf after receiving their third dose.
The state-run sites have been designed to cater for children who need additional support such as a visual distraction, virtual reality headsets and the Buzzy Bees ice pack.
The child-friendly vaccination hubs also provide low-sensory booths to cater for specific needs.
Parents and guardians can also check for paediatric vaccination appointments at their local GPs and pharmacies.
An immunisation plan has been developed by the Department of Health and The Royal Children’s Hospital to help parents and carers decide where and how to book based on their child’s needs.
For more information or to book a vaccine, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine, phone1800 675 398 or via your local pharmacy or GP.