After The Greek Herald reported this morning that the facilities of All Saints Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Belmore would become a pop-up vaccination clinic, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia released the following statement this afternoon:
The Greek Orthodox Church in Australia actively supports the vaccination program:
The Holy Archdiocese of Australia through the Parish – Community of All Saints in Belmore, Sydney, is making a practical contribution to accelerating the vaccination program against Covid-19, which is being implemented by NSW Health.
For three days, from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th August, the indoor gym of the Greek Orthodox College of All Saints Grammar will be provided free of charge for its operation as a pop-up vaccination centre. The large area, as well as the easy accessibility of the location, make it suitable to facilitate the work of the health practitioners in carrying out simultaneous mass vaccinations.
The opening hours of the vaccination centre on each of the three days will be from 10am until 4pm. It is estimated that approximately 450 vaccine doses will be administered daily.
The Department of Health will provide the necessary health and support staff, while volunteers from the local parish will be there to help out.
The Holy Archdiocese of Australia reaffirms its willingness to cooperate with the relevant authorities and to contribute through all appropriate means to the successful implementation of the vaccination program. His Eminence Archbishop Makarios urges everyone, Greeks and non-Greeks alike, to support this effort, each according to their position and strength, with the aim of overcoming the current pandemic as quickly as possible.