Our Westfield Living Centres are conveniently located in the heart of communities, close to where people live and are familiar and trusted places for the broader community. For these reasons we have been vocal in our advocacy with governments and health authorities to consider our locations as part of the national vaccination roll-out.
Early in August 2021, we opened our first vaccination hub at Westfield Chermside in Brisbane in partnership with provider Aspen Medical, focusing on residents and workers in the disability and aged care sectors.
Since then, the partnership has extended to facilitate the opening of another site at Westfield Tuggerah on the Central Coast of NSW; a centre that caters to a high population of customers aged 65+ and located in close proximity to a number of aged-care facilities.
Further north in Newcastle, we opened our first drive-through vaccination hub in our carpark at Westfield Kotara, in partnership with our local retailer My Health Medical Centre. My Health Medical Centre are running two clinics Monday to Friday using 12 car spaces, with six cars at a time to allow sufficient space between cars.
We have a good track-record in working with government and health authorities throughout the pandemic, in particular when it comes to mobilising COVID-19 testing facilities across our Westfield Living Centres.
In August 2021, we partnered with Burwood Council and Histopath Diagnostic Specialists to set up a drive-through COVID testing clinic in part of our Westfield Burwood carpark.
The clinic operates from 6am - 8pm daily with testing occurring as an ‘in vehicle’ only arrangement to provide a safe approach for the person and health worker. Customer parking and access to the centre remains open.
In addition, many of our pharmacy retail partners offer walk-in COVID vaccinations in our centres. We remain open to working with providers on a case-by-case basis to leverage our proximity to the majority of the population for these critical public health initiatives and exploring opportunities to include relevant vaccination location messaging in our content plans for all centres.
Histopath Diagnostic Specialists drive through COVID testing clinic in Westfield Burwood