Royal Flying Doctors ‘run towards the fire’ to vaccinate far-flung Australians
Since the pandemic began, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has undertaken 3000 aeromedical COVID-19 retrievals, and delivered over 20,000 vaccinations in remote Australia.
RFDS Director of Public Health and Research Dr Fergus Gardiner told Joe Hildebrand there’s a huge logistical effort behind transporting cold-storage vaccines, and engaging the communities on the ground.
“We’ve actually developed special aeromedical fridges – they’re like big Eskies – they’ve been specially adapted to our aircraft, and we have backup batteries as well … if the power goes off on the tarmac.
“With the situation developing in the Far West [of NSW], these are literally our communities (many of us are from there) … running towards the fire to help out.”
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