PRACC COVID-19 vaccine hub closes

Vaccination hub at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre in South Morang. (Damjan Janevski) 240969_06

The COVID-19 mass vaccination hub at the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre (PRACC) in South Morang has officially closed.

During last night’s council meeting, Whittlesea chief executive Craig Lloyd announced that Northern Health, which had been operating the hub since June, closed the vaccination service at the building.

PRACC had been closed to community events while the vaccination service was operating, a decision that was revealed in July to have cost the council $1.2 million in revenue.

“The centre was opened… when vaccination rates were well below the state average,” Mr Lloyd said.

“Now that the high vaccination rates are there, it’s time to return PRACC to its community use, and we look forward to seeing everyone back enjoying the entertainment at PRACC next year.”

According to new federal health department data, 90.9 per cent of eligible Whittlesea residents had received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday, December 5.

Mr Lloyd said community bookings for PRACC would be opening in early 2022.