A fairy fun vaccine session

MyClinic Hoppers Crossing staff Samantha Furniss, Dr Michael Talerico and Sarah Howard, with patient Ava. (Supplied).

Wyndham medical clinic staff donned fairy costumes to welcome children having their first COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, January 20.

MyClinic Hoppers Crossing manager Linda Stevenson said that doctors and other employees dressed up for vaccination sessions attended by youngsters aged five to 11.

Ms Stevenson said the clinic was decorated with balloons and that staff used finger puppets to entertain children.

The puppets are made by Shelley Howard, mother of clinic receptionist Sarah.

Ms Stevenson said the clinic was vaccinating children on Thursdays and Fridays, and adults from Mondays through to Wednesdays during business hours and after hours.

Once vaccinated, children receive a lollipop, bookmark and certificate.

She said the clinic’s efforts to welcome children have received “very positive feedback from parents”.

Ms Stevenson said the vaccination sessions for children were popular and that the clinic has been receiving many calls about them.

“Management would like to thank all the reception for dealing with all the phone calls, without them we would all be doomed,” she added.

In addition, IPC Health opened a new vaccination hub in partnership with Western Health on Monday, January 17 at Dianella Community Centre.

The centre opened at 12pm and vaccinated a total of 132 people on the day, including 126 children aged between five and 11.

Bookings for the IPC site can be made through the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine.

To book a vaccination at MyClinic Hoppers Crossing, call 9974 3255 during business hours or visit www.myclinicgroup.com.au

By Alesha Capone