Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases prepares for COVID-19 vaccine rollout


With COVID-19 vaccines now developed and soon to be rolled out across Australia, Perth researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute are one step ahead – having spent much of 2020 embarking on a new study designed to prepare the WA community and government for an Australia-wide vaccination program. 

The Coronavax project will lay the groundwork for the successful implementation of coronavirus vaccines and ensure the ongoing success of the existing immunisation schedule.

Led by Associate Professor Chris Blyth, Co-Director of the Wesfarmers Centre of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, from Telethon Kids Institute, and Dr Katie Attwell, Senior Lecturer and ARC Discovery Fellow at the Social Science at The University of Western Australia, the project brings together key vaccination, public policy and communication researchers in Western Australia.

According to Associate Professor Blyth, Coronavax will play a vital role in building community confidence and planning effective methods of delivery for the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines. The project will enable the WA community to have a say in what they want and need regarding vaccination against COVID-19. 

“The global scientific community has raced to develop an effective and safe vaccine,” said Associate Professor Blyth.

“However, the most effective vaccine in the world won’t restore our way of life unless it is widely accepted and reaches the arms of all Australians.” 

The beauty of Coronavax’s design is it will provide an evidence based rollout – as data is received and analysed, results will be going back to WA Department of Health in real time, allowing it to adjust their information campaigns accordingly.

For more information about infectious disease research by the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, please visit infectiousdiseases.telethonkids.org.au.

This case study was published subsequent to the signing of the Independent limited Assurance Statement on 23 September 2020 and has not been assured.