Vulnerable Persons Vaccination GP Hub

What is the Vulnerable Persons Vaccination Program?

The Vulnerable Peoples Homebound Vaccination Program (VPHVP) is an Australian Government funded initiative, supporting vulnerable populations to access the COVID-19 vaccine. 

GP Vaccination Hubs are providing assistance to vulnerable individuals to get easier access to Covid-19 Vaccinations in their local areas.
These Hubs have a goal to expand accessibility to COVID-19 vaccines throughout the Eastern Health region, particularly for vulnerable groups who may encounter challenges in reaching vaccination sites.

EMPHN continues to accept referrals from GPs and other healthcare providers within the EMPHN catchment to vaccinate people who meet the homebound eligibility criteria and are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in line with the latest Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) advice.

Eligibility Criteria:

Vulnerable population groups who are eligible for vaccination services as part of this program include but are not limited to:

  • Those who are experiencing homelessness, including those living on the streets, in emergency
    accommodation, boarding houses or between temporary shelters.
  • Those who do not have a Medicare card or are not eligible for Medicare.
  • People with a disability
  • Older adults aged 65 or older
  • First Nations Peoples
  • Culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse people, especially asylum seekers and refugees
    and those in older age groups who may find it difficult to use other vaccination services.
  • Children aged 5-11 who have complex needs, who are not captured by another suitable
    vaccination channel.
  • Homebound individuals*
  • People living in Residential Aged Care Homes (RACH)
  • Any other vulnerable groups identified as requiring dedicated support to access vaccinations

*Homebound indivduals
In scope

  • People with an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility.
  • People with moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability (this could include people
    with a social anxiety that cannot leave their home).
  • People with moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified
    as a psychosocial disability.
  • Person resides in single in-dwelling setting and is confined to the home (not residential aged
    care facility or residential disability facility)

Referral process:

To refer, please complete our referral form and email or fax the completed form to our reception team. Once we have received a referral, we will contact the homebound person (or nominated contact person) to schedule a time for the in-reach home visit.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact our reception team who can assist you with making a booking:

Email: reception@tcdoctor.com.au

Phone: 03 7068 5808

Fax: 03 7068 5808

Female wearing a protective mask showing that she has been vaccinated against disease and illness by showing the bandaid on her shoulder
Female doctor applying a bandaid to the left arm of a young girl who has just received her vaccination against serious disease and illness