Operation COVID Shield: National vaccine plan proposes drive-through clinics within months

Pilot programs will be rolled out in September and car-based clinics will operate from October, according to the national vaccine campaign plan 'Operation COVID Shield'.

COVID-19 Taskforce Commander, Lieutenant General John Frewen attends a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra.

COVID-19 Taskforce Commander, Lieutenant General John Frewen attends a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: AAP

Within months, Australians in some parts of the country will be able to get COVID-19 vaccinations at drive- through clinics, or at work.

Pilot programs will be rolled out in September and car-based clinics will operate from October, according to the national vaccine campaign plan 'Operation COVID Shield'. 

Details of the plan were released on Tuesday, along with detailed modelling from the Doherty Institute about vaccination targets that need to be met in order to reduce restrictions - in particular, lockdowns.

The document also argues against direct financial incentives to get vaccinated, despite Labor Leader Anthony Albanese’s suggestion that everyone who gets immunised should receive a $300 cash payment.  

It said previous research has found “financial incentives are unlikely to drive whole-scale vaccine uptake” but it does suggest gift vouchers and prize drawers led by business and industry could help.

The campaign plan is being run by Lieutenant General John Frewen, and outlines a plan to offer everyone the chance of a vaccine before Christmas. 

“The goal of the Taskforce is to ensure as many Australians are vaccinated as early as possible,” he wrote in the document's foreword. 

“This Campaign Plan shows how vaccines will be made available to all eligible people in Australia by the end of this year.”

According to the plan, over 30s could be offered Pfizer in September, while the 16 to 30 year old cohort could get Pfizer approval the following month. 

Anna Henderson is SBS News' chief political correspondent.


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Published 4 August 2021 at 7:30am, updated 4 August 2021 at 7:33am
By Anna Henderson