Superhero themed vaccination clinic in Eaton this Sunday

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times
The Health Hub staff members Fiona Stam, Fiona Hurst, Cahleen Hookham and Demi Dunn help Dr Sarah Lewis prepare for the Superhero Sunday vaccination clinic.Picture: Jacinta Cantatore
Camera IconThe Health Hub staff members Fiona Stam, Fiona Hurst, Cahleen Hookham and Demi Dunn help Dr Sarah Lewis prepare for the Superhero Sunday vaccination clinic.Picture: Jacinta Cantatore Credit: Jacinta Cantatore/Picture: Jacinta Cantatore

Workers at The Health Hub in Eaton are set to mask up — with a difference.

Centre staff will be running a superhero-themed vaccination clinic this Sunday to help people get their jab outside of school and business hours.

There will be a range of activities and distraction activities available on the day, such as VR goggles, games and joeys for people to pat while they get their jab.

Staff will also be running competitions to give away two stand-up paddleboards to people who get vaccinated.

Clinic staff presently administer about 600 COVID jabs each week, but wanted to help working parents especially, to get vaccinated in a family friendly environment.

“The opportunity of running the superhero clinic on a Sunday opens up the opportunity for working parents, and provides an opportunity for kids to be vaccinated without missing out on school,” clinic nurse Cahleen Hookham said.

“People who get vaccinated on Sunday will be eligible for their second dose in December, so they would be fully vaccinated in time for Christmas.”

The Health Hub staff members Fiona Stam, Fiona Hurst, Cahleen Hookham, Sarah Lewis and Demi Dunn get their superpowers ready for the Superhero Sunday vaccination clinic.
Camera IconThe Health Hub staff members Fiona Stam, Fiona Hurst, Cahleen Hookham, Sarah Lewis and Demi Dunn get their superpowers ready for the Superhero Sunday vaccination clinic.

Clinic midwife Fiona Hurst encouraged pregnant or breastfeeding women to get their jab at the clinic too.

“Looking at the statistics coming out of the UK especially, it’s so important for pregnant and breastfeeding women to be vaccinated,” she said.

“The positions you need to be in when you’re on a ventilator are not possible when you’re pregnant.”

“Between February 1 and September 30 in the UK, 98 per cent of pregnant women who were hospitalised for COVID treatment were unvaccinated.”

The UK experience is backed up by Australian health department recommendations, which outlines pregnant women who contract COVID have an increased risk of needing hospital admission, being admitted to ICU, or needing invasive ventilation support.

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