The Victorian Health Department confirmed the bus was the first mobile vaccination service in the state, although some health services have administered outreach vaccine programs in workplaces.
Premier Daniel Andrews said earlier this week that if necessary, he was prepared to “put a van at the end of your street and go door to door” asking people to get vaccinated.
More than 5700 people were tested in Shepparton on Thursday as part of day-13 tests. They have been isolating because of a major outbreak in the city. By noon on Friday, 2000 test results had been processed with no further positive results.
About 20,000 people were required to isolate in Shepparton at one point in the outbreak, including more than 500 staff from Goulburn Valley Health.
Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander, Jeroen Weimar, said he expected the number of primary close contacts in Shepparton to fall considerably, which would allow many people to return to work.
Mr Weimar said positive cases would continue to emerge for weeks but insisted the cluster could be extinguished. “Every time we’ve seen those defined clusters, we’ve managed to roll them up and extinguish them pretty effectively,” he said.
Shepparton resident Sarmed Yassin was among those who took a day-13 test this week after isolating at home with his wife and daughter. On Thursday night, he received a message from the Health Department saying he was released from home quarantine.
“It just means I can take my daughter out to go to the park and finally go for a walk,” he said. “I can do my own shopping, which is something I’ve really wanted to do.”
Mr Yassin continued to work as a multicultural support worker throughout his isolation, making sure residents in quarantine had access to culturally appropriate food and accurate public health information in their first language.
He said many people felt forgotten by the government early in the outbreak.
“The community had to pick itself up and do things for itself. It did a good job at that,” he said.
Independent MP for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed said large queues had formed from the morning on Thursday for day-13 tests.
“It will be so good for the town to see a lot of people moving back into their workplaces,” she said.
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