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Big Red Kidney Bus flips from vacations to vaccinations

The Big Red Kidney Bus is back on the road, but this time with a different job – giving vulnerable and at-risk communities an opportunity to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

The bus, which normally travels to holiday destinations to give patients kidney dialysis, will this week visit the Police and Citizens Youth Club in Shalvey in western Sydney. 

The PCYC, which is located at 453A Luxford Rd, Shalvey, will be set up as a vaccination clinic, offering the AstraZeneca vaccine on a walk-in basis.

The bus, operated by Kidney Health Australia with staffing support from Royal North Shore Hospital, has been repurposed to serve as a mobile vaccination clinic while holidaying is not possible.

Kidney Health Australia Chief Executive Officer, Chris Forbes, said Kidney Health Australia was delighted the bus could offer critical support when it was needed most. 

“The bus may be sporting a new look and be serving a different purpose, but it will still be offering a life-changing service, only this time in ensuring people are protected against COVID-19,” Mr Forbes said.

Northern Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive Deb Willcox said the rebadged bus would provide easy access to vaccines for COVID-19 to those wanting to be vaccinated.

Our staff on the bus are excited to be helping the wider NSW community as they continue to turn out in record numbers and roll up their sleeve to keep themselves, their family and other loved ones safe.
Northern Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive

A number of staff have worked around the clock to make the project possible, including but not limited to, nursing staff, counter disaster and information communications and technology, as well as Kidney Health Australia.

The pop-up clinic will operate between 8.30am and 3pm, seven days a week.

Those wishing to be vaccinated need to bring photo ID and their Medicare card, if they have one.

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