Bupa has announced that it will provide The Big Issue vendors free flu vaccinations through its wellness nurse service.
The company said the announcement is part of a long-term partnership with The Big Issue vendors across Australia. This year, vaccinations will be delivered at The Big Issue sites in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
Bupa Asia Pacific acting CEO Nick Stone said the program was developed to recognise the challenges of accessing healthcare, including vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
“The Big Issue does admirable work in creating work opportunities for people going through difficult times,” said Mr Stone.
"The Big Issue does admirable work in creating work opportunities for people going through difficult times," he said.
“We’re proud of the work our nurses undertake to support the wellbeing of The Big Issue vendors through this flu vaccination program. This is one small way we can help support people experiencing disadvantage to achieve better health outcomes, and we look forward to continuing our support for this amazing organisation.”
CEO of The Big Issue Steven Persson, said the vaccination program is important for those on the margins.
“This is the sixth year Bupa has provided vaccinations for our vendors, and we are grateful for their ongoing support,” said Mr Persson said.
“Having access to free vaccinations helps The Big Issue community be safe and well and is invaluable as those experiencing disadvantage often do not have the same access to healthcare and resources as other Australians.”