The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
is proud to have housed one of the largest vaccination hubs in the state across the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the recent double dose state vaccination rate of 90 per cent. As of today, MCEC has hosted more than 280,900 vaccine doses, helping to reach vaccination milestones and protect the community, enabling the state to reopen safely.
Along the way, MCEC also encouraged those attending the venue for their vaccinations to “pay it forward” by buying a nurse a coffee, with over 1,927 coffees having been donated now, averaging 50 a day. With MCEC’s long-term support and involvement in Victoria’s COVID-19 vaccination program, the hub has been based near MCEC’s Clarendon Street entrance for 250 days. Last month, MCEC averaged a daily rate of more than 1,680 doses.
Peter King, Chief Executive of MCEC, said he is proud of MCEC for playing such a pivotal role in the health of the community. “We have all seen huge changes to the way we live, and by MCEC providing space for the essential healthcare workers to administer the lifesaving vaccine to the members of our community, it’s meant we are able to meet the government vaccination targets and help get the city back to a covid normal.”
Since 5 November, MCEC has welcomed events back to the centre which include the annual Starlight Children’s Foundation fundraising dinner, new immersive digital art gallery THE LUME Melbourne, and the return of in-person end-of-year celebrations for school leavers.